chapter and verse

I. noun (plural chapters and verses)
Etymology: so called from the tradition of citing biblical sources by chapter and verse number
1. : the exact reference or source of information or justification for what one has said or written

he claims, and gives chapter and verse for it, that he was an accurate and skillful rhymer — Modern Language Notes

2. : full precise information or detail

giving chapter and verse for what was already known in general terms — Newsweek

impressed her with the far-reaching program and gave her chapter and verse to prove its value — New York Herald Tribune Book Review

II. adverb
1. : with precise exactness

repeat chapter and verse the ideas Croly had advanced — C.B.Forcey

2. : in full precise detail

explain slowly, chapter and verse, what we were to do

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1. any specific chapter and verse of the Bible, as used when citing the text.
2. full, cited authority, as for any quotation, opinion, action, etc.: Give me chapter and verse for the information you've provided so far.
3. Informal.
a. detailed information.
b. a set of regulations or rules.
[1620-30]

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chapter and verse
Exact reference to, or a complete specification of, the source or sources of one's information
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Main Entry:chapter

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chapter and verse phrase
full and accurate information about something

They would have his file and get chapter and verse on his time in the army.

Thesaurus: general words for information, news and factssynonym
Main entry: chapter

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chapter and verse,
1. the exact reference to a passage of Scripture.
2. Figurative. exact authority (for).
3. Figurative. precise information and full detail.

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an exact reference or authority

she can give chapter and verse on current legislation

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chapter and verse
: exact information or details about something

He can give chapter and verse about/on the dangers of smoking.

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Main Entry:chapter
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chapter and verse — see chapter
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Main Entry:verse

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ˌchapter and ˈverse idiom
the exact details of sth, especially the exact place where particular information may be found

I can't give chapter and verse, but that's the rough outline of our legal position.

Main entry:chapteridiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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