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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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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.
See also: and, chapter, cite, 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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the devil can cite 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 cite Scripture for his own purpose.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: cite, for

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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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Akin, 37, West Frankfort, was cited and charged with operating an uninsured motor vehicle.
The Analysis of Table 2 presents the frequency of article cited per year.
(v) Brachman and Thacker [6], which is cited as reference 190.
Also, percentages of documents cited and percentage of highly cited papers are higher.'
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For example, Richard Thaler's book, "Winner's Curse: Paradoxes and Anomalies of Economic Life" (Thaler, 1992), was cited in the journals indexed by ISI Web of Science 202 times (as of December 2005).
To identify changing citation patterns related to the use of "current" journals, articles published by researchers from each of the study locations were identified and the cited references from these articles were examined.
Flanker Bergamasco, whose brother Mirco was sin-binned for illegally killing the ball at a ruck early in the second half, has been cited for allegedly gouging Lee Byrne's eyes after the final whistle of Wales' 47-8 win over Italy on Saturday.
The Wasps prop was cited and banned during the World Cup for tripping USA centre Paul Emerick.
AS2 was cited by some participants at the SEC's and PCAOB's May 10 roundtable on internal control as driving an inordinately high level of restatements, with questionable benefit to investors.
The court cited a series of cases in which a partner had to report his or her distributive share in the year the partnership reported the income even though the parties contested the amount of each partner's share.
In her letter, Zeman seems to be objecting to three points relating my article (Fewtrell 2004): that the role of cofactors is not new, that her articles were not cited, and that exposure-response data are available.
ITEM: Business Week Online for September 1, as posted on, says the disaster brought out "everyone with an agenda" to push his "pet ideas." A Texas congressman was cited as saying that more domestic oil production could "solve our energy woes," and that more drilling could already be taking place in Alaska.