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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.

chapter and verse, cite/give

Back up a statement or belief by citing the precise authority on which it is based. The chapter and verse refer to the Bible, which was long considered the ultimate authority, and was (and is) frequently quoted by the clergy with precise attribution to the exact chapter and verse. The figurative use, referring to any established set of rules, dates from the seventeenth century and was long very common, but is heard less often today.
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I hope that this article will encourage authors to cite the original articles and not their reprinted book versions in the vast majority of cases, with the few qualifications mentioned.
As with Perrault's library, it is too early to predict the true effectiveness of Paris's new Cite.
Although only eight of the above thirteen publications cite the 1988 literature intervention study, the pattern of citations and the information within all thirteen papers is consistent with the possibility that the 1988 intervention provided the main stimulus for this new work (see especially Schoenen et al.
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The capture of baby elephants may be among the trading practices protected by CITES, but several trading practices remain illegal, including poaching an elephant to sell its ivory.
The CITES is an international agreement between governments, which aims to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
Parliament backs the proposals submitted to the CITES to include several species of sharks (porbeagle, hammerhead and whitetip sharks) on the list of animals whose trade must be regulated (Annex II).
Since 2008, the Service has supported extensive work by the Department of the Interior's International Technical Assistance Program (ITAP) to build the capacity of other countries to implement and enforce CITES by provide training and assistance.
this information gap, CITES parties export species without undertaking
Misconception #1: CITES and ESA listing categories are the same.
To help protect the species, nations belonging to CITES ban all trade of African elephant ivory.
The ECN also cites a century of reports from the National Hurricane Center revealing that the 1940s (well before global warming's supposed onslaught) was the decade with the largest number of hurricanes coming ashore in the U.
To discover where poachers operate and how they move ivory out of Africa, CITES monitors elephant populations and retraces the routes of interdicted ivory shipments.
It was a landmark meeting," says Sonja Fordham, who attended the 2002 CITES gathering.
As "the best illustration of the power of the far right to draw the mainstream into its web of lies," Alterman cites the purported savaging of David Brock, a conservative attack dog turned penitent liberal, after the publication of his memoir Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative.