give (one) pause

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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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Klisch, who started Lakefront in 1987 by selling kegs to nearby taverns in the Riverwest neighborhood, admits it gives him pause.
For Pugh, however, it Seems it's more than the gesture that gives him pause.
Frankie also calls for a clampdown on immigration - although the vicar of his old patch, the Rev Paul Hulme, gives him pause for thought with his "open-door" attitude.