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Please cite some sources to show whether the above phrase is correct or not.

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It's idiomatic, very commonly used, and well-accepted. I would cite sources, but there are so many it's hardly worth it. You see it in news reports with regularity. –  John M. Landsberg Apr 16 '13 at 9:04
@JohnM.Landsberg I have a teacher who told me that the above sentence is wrong. So can you give some authoritative source/s to show that this is correct. –  Alaukik Apr 16 '13 at 10:11
Actually, have you tried doing the research on this phrase yourself? What are your findings, if any? –  Kristina Lopez Apr 16 '13 at 17:42
If you're about to leave school, you might ask the teacher to show you some authoritative source/s to show that this is not correct. The teacher probably prefers the expression 'evidence against' (equally correct, and with the more logical choice of preposition). But can you imagine a crook exclaiming "You ain't got nothin' against me, cop!"? –  Edwin Ashworth Apr 16 '13 at 22:42
Alaukik, I hope you're seeing at this point that everyone agrees that the usage is standard and correct. Your teacher is just wrong, plain and simple. –  John M. Landsberg Apr 16 '13 at 23:12

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It's idiomatic as the first responder said. Here are many examples, particularly from the early 20th century.

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Thanks for these references. (And see Jim's answer with my comment.) –  John M. Landsberg Apr 16 '13 at 23:08

Be careful, Pru's examples show the phrase being used in two senses:

"After the duchesses ring was stolen, the butler was arrested with the evidence on him"

"The police picked up the suspect when the felt they had sufficient evidence on him"

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This is correct. The references do show more than one version of this phrase, but they definitely include the usage described in the original post. –  John M. Landsberg Apr 16 '13 at 23:07

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