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give (one) pause

To cause one to take a moment to consider something; to cause one to hesitate. I'd love to buy a house, but the fact that I'd have to completely deplete my savings account to do it gives me pause. That statistic should give everyone pause.
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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 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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The fried tomatoes and the bacon might give you pause.
The framers of the US Constitution were writing for about three million people, and the current interpreters of that Constitution are now doing so for about 300 million; if that does not give you pause, consider the "dumbing down" of American, the stunningly unequal distribution of wealth, and the ability of targeted marketing to tell voters what they want to hear regardless of the intentions of the candidate.
But it does give you pause when you consider that the obesity obsessives also blame capitalism, for precipitating the current crisis by making food plentiful, inexpensive, appealing, and convenient.
If someone comes in and says, 'Myself and three of my co-workers in the mail room at Sony all have the flu,' that should give you pause.
It is good fun, however, throughout and there are are one or two moments which give you pause for thought.
And considering where much of the money winds up may give you pause for thought about the wisdom of other federal programs that hand money over to the states without smart standards) West Virginia, for example, compensates injured turkey hunters.
That Abel Ferrara (``Bad Lieutenant'') directed it, might give you pause to believe there is more here than meets the eye, but don't be sucked into this half-dreamy mess.