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A hand gesture done when speaking to draw attention to a particular statement or indicate that it was someone else's words or that one is skeptical or critical of its use (similar to scare quotes in print media). Air quotes are made by curling the index and middle fingers of both hands at the same time in order to mimic the shape of quotation marks. In explaining the dress code to her fellow students, Elise did air quotes when saying that kilts should be "four inches above the knee." Given that her own kilt was considerably shorter than that, no one was surprised.
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.
out of context
Lacking or removed from the surrounding words or event that gives something its complete, original, or genuine meaning. Hyphenated if used as a modifier before a noun. She said the quote had been taken out of context to make it look like she hated her own country, which she claims couldn't be further from the truth. It's hard to know what's going on in the picture when it's out of context like this. Of course you can spin any out-of-context quotation to suit your own agenda.
put (something) in quotes
To surround some piece of writing in quotation marks. So many people put words in quotes when all they're really trying to do is emphasize them. You need to put this sentence in quotes and attribute the original writer in a footnote at the bottom of the page.
1. Used to report something said verbatim. Used almost exclusively in speech, as the word represents a set of quotation marks. The president said that he, quote, would support the initiative fully.
2. Used to indicate that the specific phrasing that is about to be said is or may be ironic or considered by the speaker as misrepresenting reality. We were, quote, taught by the teaching assistant, but we did most of our learning independently. The, quote, healthy option in this restaurant is a salad filled with bacon and smothered in creamy salad dressing.
quote a price (for something)
To provide an estimated cost for some service or product. A noun or pronoun can be used between "quote" and "a price" to specify who is being provided the estimate. Can you quote me a price for how much this repair will cost? We don't quote prices because there are too many variables that can change during the course of our repair work.
quote a price of (some amount of money)
To provide an estimate of some amount of money that something will cost. A noun or pronoun can be used between "quote" and "a price" to specify who is being provided the estimate. I can't believe he quoted me a price of $300 just to repaint a tiny portion of the bumper! They quoted a price of $90 per night when I asked about their availability that weekend.
quote from (someone or something)
To write or recite a quotation verbatim from some author or piece of writing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "quote" and "from" to specify what has been quoted. I'd love to quote a few lines from your poem during my speech, if that's all right. It took me a while to realize he was quoting from Shakespeare.
See also: quote
1. Used to report something said verbatim. Used almost exclusively in speech, as the word represents a set of quotation marks. The president said that he, quote unquote, would support the initiative fully.
2. Used to indicate that the specific phrasing that is about to be said is or may be ironic or considered by the speaker as misrepresenting reality. We were, quote unquote, taught by the teaching assistant, but we did most of our learning independently. The quote unquote healthy option in this restaurant is a salad filled with bacon and smothered in creamy salad dressing.
Quotation marks used to draw attention to or indicate skepticism for or criticism of the text contained therein. They're scientists—of course they don't think "global warming" should be in scare quotes.
the devil can quote Scripture for his own purpose
proverb Knowledge of Scripture does not necessarily equate to good intentions or correct moral positions, since biblical quotations can be manipulated or taken out of context to support nefarious acts or agendas. Just because he can quote the Bible doesn't mean his agenda is pure. The devil can quote Scripture for his own purpose.
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devil can quote Scripture for his own purposeand 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.
*out of context
[of an utterance or the report of an action] removed from the surrounding context of the event, thereby misrepresenting the intent of the utterance or report. (*Typically: be ~; lift something ~; quote someone or something ~; take something ~.) You took her remarks out of context! You're the dishonest person, not her!
put something in quotes
to put quotation marks around writing or printing. Please put this word in quotes, since it means something special the way you have used it here. They put it in quotes so people would know it means something different.
quote a price
to name or state in advance the charge for doing or supplying something. The mechanic quoted a price of $100 to repair my car. The carpenter quoted a price for fixing the stairs.
quote (something) from someone or something
to recite something verbatim that someone else has said; to recite something verbatim from a printed source. May I quote from your letter of the tenth? Do you mind if I quote a line from Keats?
See also: quote
a parenthetical expression said before a word or short phrase indicating that the word or phrase would be in quotation marks if used in writing. So I said to her, quote, unquote, it's time we had a little talk.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
quote, unquoteBRITISH, AMERICAN or
quote, end quotemainly AMERICAN
COMMON You say quote, unquote to show that a word or phrase you have just used is something that someone else has said. Even though I'm this big, huge superstar quote unquote, I have family problems too. A spokesman said quote, `a certain number', unquote of the men lost their lives that day. The book was given to several school libraries, and in every case a vice principal of the particular school took the book out and then reported it, quote, `lost', end quote. Note: This expression is often used to show that you do not think that the thing said is accurate or true. Compare with in inverted commas.
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012
quote — unquoteused parenthetically when speaking to indicate the beginning and end (or just the beginning) of a statement or passage that you are repeating, especially to emphasize the speaker's detachment from or disagreement with the original. informal
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ˈquote (...ˈunquote)(spoken) used by a speaker to show the beginning (and end) of a word, phrase, etc. that has been said or written by somebody else: This, quote, ‘novel of the century’, unquote, is probably the most boring book I’ve ever read.
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n. an off-the-cuff quote of a financial instrument price. (Securities markets.) This is just a cuff quote, but I would say it’s about ninety-four.
phr. a parenthetical expression said before a word or short phrase indicating that the word or phrase would be in quotation marks if used in writing. So I said to her, quote, unquote, it’s time we had a little talk.
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