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chapter and verse

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noun
  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.
    1. detailed information.
    2. a set of regulations or rules.

Origin of chapter and verse

First recorded in 1620–30
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chapter and verse in Culture

chapter and verse

The means of locating passages in the Bible (see also Bible). Thus Matthew 19:18 means chapter 19, verse 18, of the Book of Matthew.

Note

In general use, giving “chapter and verse” means giving precise evidence for a proposition.
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Idioms and Phrases with chapter and verse

chapter and verse

The precise authority backing up a statement or view; established rules for or detailed information about something. For example, You can't withdraw a card after you've played it; I'll cite you the rules, chapter and verse. The term alludes to the chapter and verse of a quotation from the Bible, long regarded as an ultimate authority. [Early 1600s]

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