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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.
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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.
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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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give/quote (somebody) chapter and verse

to give exact information about something, especially something in a book The strength of the book is that when it makes accusations it gives chapter and verse, often backed up by photographic evidence. I can't quote you chapter and verse, but I'm pretty sure it's a line from 'Macbeth'.
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As environmental considerations take an increasingly prominent role in the negotiation and implementation of free trade agreements, it is likely that CITES will remain an important aspect of future agreements.
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Misconception #3: CITES only protects wild specimens.
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For instance, Ashton and Crocker (1987) cite numerous studies on teacher preparation to support their conclusion that coursework in education makes teachers more effective than coursework in their subject matter does.
While the IWC bans all commercial whaling, Japan and Norway argue that CITES should allow limited whaling trade by creating its own standards.
A fractional citation counting method is used to ensure that papers are sampled across the various disciplines of science without biasing the selection to fields that inherently cite more than others (Small & Sweeney, 1985).
Seven of the fifteen essays cite Fabre's biography.
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delegation and director of the Interior Department's Fish and Wildlife Service, was offered March 9 to the Secretary General of CITES at the Eighth Conference of Parties currently underway in Kyoto, Japan.
To qualify as a CITES "observer," an NGO must be technically qualified in "protection, conservation, or management of wild fauna and flora.
In the United States, the Endangered Species Act designates responsibility for CITES implementation to the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the U.
She cites the example of not being able to sign when your hands are full.
1) Rayna Lopez of Panorama City waits as Los Angeles police Officer Dan Parra cites her as a spectator of a street race at Glenoaks Boulevard between Peoria and Sheldon streets early Saturday.