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