Definition of chapter and verse in US English:

chapter and verse

phrase

  • An exact reference or authority.

    ‘she can give chapter and verse on current legislation’
    • ‘She states her thesis early on, and proceeds to document it with chapter and verse, in a dense, brilliant, eloquent argument.’
    • ‘Plenty of tourists or visitors will not know the exact titles of the attractions they are looking for, and why should they know chapter and verse?’
    • ‘He goes through, chapter and verse, of how he has been treated by lawyers and by investigators, objecting to the public nature of things that have been said about him.’
    • ‘Ask a Scotsman, Irishman or Welshman about their patron saint and the odds are they will give you chapter and verse - along with an exaggerated story about what they did on the last St Andrew's, St Patrick's or St David's Day.’
    • ‘Regardless of the number of individuals who can cite chapter and verse from the Constitution, most understand that it is a document designed to protect the citizen from an overreaching government.’
    • ‘He gave me chapter and verse on the dramatic arrest, showed me where the phone was to file my story and, a couple of days later, ‘arranged’ for my photographer colleague to get all the pictures he wanted of the villains.’
    • ‘In fact, all of the most controversial scenes and lines of dialogue stem directly from the Gospels, chapter and verse.’
    • ‘If anyone thinks I made that last one up, I'd be happy to cite chapter and verse.’
    • ‘The two men I shared the dorm with gave me chapter and verse on the corrupt government and foreign exploitation of their resources.’
    • ‘Crossing the Line is a real eye opener, with the author providing chapter and verse on the personalities in the sport, both human and equine, and the way trainers, jockeys and owners can and do bend the rules.’