chapter and verse

chapter and verse

an exact reference or authority

Chapter and verse was originally used to refer to the numbering of passages in the Bible. It is now also used more generally to refer to any (usually written) authority for something.

Related Idioms :

a chapter of accidents

a series of unfortunate events

This expression was apparently coined by Lord Chesterfield in a letter to Solomon Dayrolles in 1753 : The chapter of knowledge is a very short, but the chapter of accidents is a very long one.

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