give chapter and verse

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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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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