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give someone pause (for thought)

Fig. to cause someone to stop and think. When I see a golden sunrise, it gives me pause for thought. Witnessing an accident is likely to give all of us pause.
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give somebody pause

also give pause to somebody
to cause someone to stop and think carefully Surviving a serious car wreck is an experience that really gives you pause.
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give somebody pause (for thought)

if something gives you pause, it is surprising or worrying and it makes you think more carefully about something It was a tragedy which gave us all pause for thought.
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give pause

Cause one to hesitate, as in The high monthly installment payments gave me pause, or, as Shakespeare put it in Hamlet (3:1): "For in that sleep of death what dreams may come ... Must give us pause." [c. 1600]
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If the NRA succeeds in Colorado with this recall, legislators everywhere will give pause before voting for common-sense gun laws.
Nevertheless, plans to knock down an entire block of buildings in the centre of Huddersfield does give pause for thought.
It causes us to give pause and question the stability of the Twitter infrastructure, usage of my personal data and social network, and what important messages I may have missed from my trusted Twitter network," The Telegraph quoted Labour MP and fanatic tweeter, Tom Watso, as saying.
This study should give pause to those who insist that manmade materials be biodegradable.
We can only pray that those squalid images of the squalid reality of Saddam's death will give pause for thought to the diehard supporters of execution.
This should give pause for thought when we consider allowing anyone carrying a weapon to step inside the delicate fuselage of a passenger aeroplane.
That he is now cheering Team Bush's Korea game plan should give pause to the GOP faithful who still believe we got a total regime change when Bill and Hillary vacated the Oval Office.
Final estimates of civilian dead should give pause for thought to those who regard this war as a success.
The incident described above should give pause to those who think that racial profiling is simply a bogus issue cooked up by black leaders such as A1 Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to use as another publicity tool.
That his provisions were involved at all in the negotiations should give pause to anyone concerned with religious freedom.
And the bottom line is, the fact that race preferences can actually exacerbate racism should give pause to those who support affirmative action as a tool for fostering better race relations.
Anne said: "These figures do give pause for thought.
In its own effort to give pause and thought, it has by and large masked the formal concepts and logics with which the essays deal.
And while Hennigan is clearly talented, she doesn't fare nearly as well, having armed Carly--on whom the focus of the story is squarely placed--with an arsenal of neurotic tics that would give pause to the heroine of a Tennessee Williams play.
At the very least, members of the President's inner circle displayed a degree of ineptitude and outright incompetence that must give pause.