chapter-verse

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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