chapter and verse

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.
a.
detailed information.
b.
a set of regulations or rules.

Origin:
1620–30

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chapter and verse definition


The means of locating passages in the 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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Slang Dictionary

chapter and verse definition


  1. mod.
    in the finest detail. (From the chapter and verse organization of the Bible.) : He could recite the law concerning state-funded libraries, chapter and verse.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
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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]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
Chapter and verse, plus more about my own failings, after the jump.
Cite chapter and verse, give an exact quote, and explain your objection.
They are the contradiction to nearly every chapter and verse of what a team
  supposedly needs to thrive in modern baseball.
On the grounds that forewarned is forearmed, here's chapter and verse on the
  lice thing.
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