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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. © 2015 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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The IRB statement read: "The International Rugby Board can confirm that no action can be taken to initiate a citing case following an alleged act of foul play during the Rugby World Cup 2011 Final on 23 October.
However, this cited reference search is only looking for citings within journals indexed by WOS.
Because reprinting previously published articles in books is desirable from a social perspective (it helps to disseminate knowledge further), it is important to adopt a citing practice that encourages journals to permit such reprinting, thus providing another justification for the proposed practice to cite the original article rather than the book chapter.
No decrease in citing older issues of journals for scholarly research, even in 2007, was apparent, suggesting that researchers continued to access older issues of journals, as the majority of older issues would have been available only in print.
Is the evaluator familiar with the cited or citing journals because of his or her research interests or geographic location?
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A Weston entrepreneur, who asked not to be named, is interested in running a private shuttle between residents' homes and the commuter train station, citing the environmental and economic benefits of carpooling, which dropped from 13.2 percent of the U.S.
Speaking ahead of the April 10-20 CITES conference in Nairobi, CITES Secretary General Willem Wijnstekers told a news conference in Geneva that CITES should respect the views of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which bans commercial whaling, citing a "historical link" between the two organizations.
Co-citation links are a second order form of citation linkage that depends on the joint citing of two earlier documents by later documents.
A man "citing" femininity can be read as undermining the factual status of a norm, or as reinstating the value of something called femininity.
Citing Treasury regulations section 1.6661-3(b)(2), the court said it was ignoring the memo because it is not precedent.
Rather than collating the texts, she reports that "[c]ircumstances have compelled me to rely on the collations of other editors," citing Bawcutt, Bowers, and Craik.
91-31, citing that procedure as authority for the proposition that a change in character may be a change in method of accounting represents nothing more than the IRS's bootstrapping its own authority.