chapter and verse


: the exact reference or source of information or justification for an assertion
clinched their arguments by citing chapter and verseJ. M. Burns
: full precise information or detail
can give chapter and verse on the effects of diverting defense spendingHorace Sutton
chapter and verse adverb

Examples of chapter and verse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To get chapter and verse, go here, for example. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 3 Mar. 2023 All Italians know the scene chapter and verse. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 23 Sep. 2022 Or chapter and verse in a holy book. Steve Hochman, SPIN, 22 Sep. 2022 When the legacy media wanted to bury the Hunter Biden laptop story and (this still holds true) discount the evidence of Biden-family corruption, Andy McCarthy would have none of it and, as usual, knew the case chapter and verse. Rich Lowry, National Review, 27 Feb. 2023 Conservatives on campus can give you chapter and verse. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 11 Jan. 2023 So the Republicans must be out on the hustings offering chapter and verse about their answer to inflation, right? Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2022 They were keyed to chapter and verse, and by the end of the century, pages numbers came into use. Washington Post, 18 Feb. 2022 Zach Plesac can cite chapter and verse on the later regarding his 2021 season. Paul Hoynes, cleveland, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1628, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of chapter and verse was in 1628

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Cite this Entry

“Chapter and verse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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