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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.
  1. detailed information.
  2. a set of regulations or rules.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30
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chapter and verse in Culture

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 definitions & phrases for chapter and verse

chapter and verse

adverb phrase

: He knew it chapter and verse

noun phrase
  1. An exact detailed account: I can give you chapter and verse about that night
  2. The guiding documents or principles; rules: I know the chapter and verse of the university's policy (1700s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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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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