cause qualms

cause (one) qualms

To cause one to feel some or certain hesitations, apprehensions, uneasiness, or pangs of conscience (about something or someone). Lying always causes me qualms, so I doubt I'll be able to tell my boss that I'm sick just to get a long weekend. I thought Jonathan's promotion was a done deal, but his latest interview seems to have caused the board of directors some qualms.
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cause qualms

(about someone or something) Go to qualms (about someone or something).
See also: cause, qualm
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But Dean's penchant for causing unnecessary controversy, his often testy relations with the media and lingering memories of his 2004 campaign's collapse will cause qualms even among some progressives.