quote chapter and verse


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quote chapter and verse

[by analogy with the mainstream phrase] To cite a relevant excerpt from an appropriate bible. "I don't care if "rn" gets it wrong; "Followup-To: poster" is explicitly permitted by RFC 1036. I'll quote chapter and verse if you don't believe me." See also legalese, language lawyer, RTFS (sense 2).
References in classic literature ?
And yet, as there is no conduct so fair and disinterested but that it may be misunderstood by ignorance, and misrepresented by malice, I have been sometimes tempted to preserve my own reputation at the expense of my reader, and to transcribe the original, or at least to quote chapter and verse, whenever I have made use either of the thought or expression of another.
It's the main reason they quote chapter and verse from the gospel 'According to Jim.
I am not able to quote chapter and verse on this matter from memory, and I do not have all the documentation to hand as I write, but I suspect that something similar may have occurred regarding the authorisation of the new B&Q store near Culverhouse Cross, aspects of which development have caused some dismay among those whose homes adjoin the site, as a recent issue of the HTV television programme The Ferret publicised in a media exposure which was surely in the public interest.