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give evidence of something

to show signs of something; to give proof of something. You are going to have to give evidence of your good faith in this matter. A nominal deposit would be fine. She gave evidence of being prepared to go to trial, so we settled the case.
See also: evidence, give, of

much in evidence

Cliché very visible or evident. John was much in evidence during the conference. Your influence is much in evidence. I appreciate your efforts.
See also: evidence, much

in evidence

obvious Police and ambulance crews were in evidence all over town after the storm.
Usage notes: sometimes used with much or very much for emphasis: Good sportsmanship is always very much in evidence in these competitions.
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turn king's/queen's evidence

  also turn state's evidence
if someone who has been accused of a crime turns king's evidence, they give information in a court of law about other people involved in the crime in order to have their own punishment reduced She was given a lenient sentence in exchange for turning king's evidence.
See also: evidence, turn

in evidence

1. Also, much in evidence. Plainly visible, conspicuous, as in The car's new dents were very much in evidence. [Second half of 1800s]
2. As testimony in a court of law, as in The attorney submitted the photograph in evidence. [c. 1700]
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n. liquor. (Usually with the. Incorporated into a suggestion that the evidence be destroyed by drinking it.) There is only one thing to do with evidence like this, and that’s drink it.

in evidence

1. Plainly visible; to be seen: It was early, and few pedestrians were in evidence on the city streets.
2. Law As legal evidence: submitted the photograph in evidence.
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turn state's evidence

To give such testimony in court.
See also: evidence, turn
References in classic literature ?
We heard afterward that he had given his evidence so clearly, and the horses were in such an exhausted state, bearing marks of such brutal usage, that the carter was committed to take his trial, and might possibly be sentenced to two or three months in prison.
Confirmatory evidence followed from Rogers and Buckstone.
Her forehead was painfully anxious and intent as she gave this evidence, and, in the pauses when she stopped for the Judge to write it down, watched its effect upon the counsel for and against.
The circumstances of their evidence would have been, in modern days, divided into two classes those which were immaterial, and those which were actually and physically impossible.
for they haven't got much evidence YET,' she said to herself.
The supposed fortune of the count had dwindled to a mere nothing, although he had given almost irrefutable evidence of its existence to Lizabetha Prokofievna and Prince S.
At the same time I must remain with my prisoner, and I am bound to warn him that anything he may say will appear in evidence against him.
Assenting, on probable evidence, to so many of the judgments of the religious sense, he failed to see the equally probable evidence there is for the beliefs, the peculiar direction of men's hopes, which complete those judgments harmoniously, and bring them into connection with the facts, the venerable institutions of the past--with the lives of the saints.
It seemed incredible that man could be so perfidious--that we had really seen with our own eyes the thing that we had seen; but when we returned to the fort, the shattered wall gave us ample evidence that there was no mistake.
The evidence which I possess," the detective proceeded, "points to the murderer belonging to the same nationality as Your Highness.
You and I, who control the secret service of the army, denounce certain men, upon no slight evidence, either, as spies, and we are laughed at
Sir William died in a few days, and Wingrave, on the evidence of Lumley and Ruth, was committed for manslaughter, and sent to prison for fifteen years
The police examined the outhouse next, in search of circumstantial evidence against the missing man.
At this evidence of Mongolian barbarity the White Christians were so greatly incensed that they carried out their original design.
Lastly, particular care had been taken to secure a literally correct report of the evidence given by the various witnesses.