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cite (something) chapter and verse

To recite all the facts or details of something. Likened to quoting scripture by citing the exact chapter and verse where it appears. Ask Stan if you need to be updated on the case—he can cite it chapter and verse.
See also: and, chapter, cite, verse

cite (one) for (something)

1. To acknowledge or honor someone for admirable behavior. The mayor wants to cite those firefighters for saving all of the school children in the blaze.
2. To give someone a citation for a particular legal infraction. Sir, if you don't stop yelling, I'll have to cite you for disorderly conduct.
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give chapter and verse

To provide full, specific, and authoritative information to support some quote, question, or issue at hand. Can also be used with similar verbs such as "offer," "cite," quote," etc. It is a reference to quoting scripture. Don't try to debate Sarah about physics. She'll give chapter and verse until you realize she's right. You can't be so vague if you want to convince me. You'll have to give chapter and verse.
See also: and, chapter, give, verse

cite someone for something

1. to honor someone for doing something; to give someone a citation of honor for doing something good. The town council cited her for bravery. They cited Maria for her courageous act.
2. to charge or arraign someone for breaking a law; to issue a legal citation to someone for breaking a law. An officer cited the driver for driving too fast. The housing department cited the landlord for sanitary violations.
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devil can quote Scripture for his own purpose

 and devil can cite Scripture for his own purpose
Prov. Evil people sometimes try to win the confidence of good people by quoting persuasive passages of Scripture.; Just because someone can quote Scripture to support his or her argument does not mean that the argument is virtuous. (Scripture usually refers to the Bible, but it can refer to other religious writings.) Sadie: Dad, you really ought to give me permission to go out with Nathan. He's such a polite boy, and he can even quote the Bible. Father: The devil can quote Scripture for his own purpose.
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Cited is a way to revolutionize drivers contesting parking and traffic violations.
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The National Intern Conference was cited as "extremely valuable" by 19 percent of the participants, and overall, 71 percent indicated that it was at least "valuable.
Several other popular databases presently offer cited references for senior as well as junior author publications.
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Reflecting respondents' high expectations of increased access to specific subject matter expertise as a benefit of outsourcing, depth of process expertise was most often cited as an important factor in evaluating a business process outsourcing provider.
Several researchers complained that their work, though widely cited, did not appear ever to have been read, considering the conclusions that were reached.
Second and Fifth Circuits, cited by Fourth Circuit.
With this influence CFS could be interpreted as a "cultural idiom of distress" or a form of culturally sanctioned illness behavior which historically parallels interpretations of the 19th Century conditioned know as neurasthenia (Kleinman, 1988 as cited in Abbey & Garfinkel, 1991).
0 were set to select papers cited in the 1996 Science Citation Index[R] (SCI) file.
The taxpayer cited a GCM as precedent for the exemption.
In observance of AACC's 50th anniversary, we asked the Institute for Scientific Information to identify the most-frequently cited articles published in the 44-year history of Clinical Chemistry.
Basically, the articles are reprints dating from 1981 to 1991, and three have no footnotes or works cited, a lack which may alarm some readers.
7) In particular, the court cited several cases in which repairs were held to be deductible even though the expenditures constituted a permanent solution to the particular problem.
In the new survey, a majority of people who encountered severe trauma--childhood sexual abuse, military combat, or witnessing the murder or suicide of a loved one--indeed cited continuous recall of the events.