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give (one) pause for thought

To cause one to take a moment to consider something. 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 for thought.
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give (somebody) pause for ˈthought


give (somebody) ˈpause

(formal) make somebody think seriously about something or hesitate before doing something: His remarks on the conditions in our prisons gave me pause for thought. Until that moment I’d never realized things were so bad.
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However, a report just published by the Irish authorities in charge of investigating the plane crash in Cork in February 2011 (resulting in six deaths) gives pause for thought.
Even so, The Killers as a possible cheerleading houseband for a Republican presidential hopeful gives pause for thought.
A visit to the village and the area is a lesson in human ingenuity and gives pause for thought.
The fact that radical surgery to combat obesity ( what the man in the street would understand as stomach stapling ( is to be made widely available on the NHS in the region gives pause for thought.
To anyone involved in the day to day turmoil of architectural education, the promise of this book gives pause for thought.
It gives pause for thought that Sperber has in some cases extrapolated local data from higher-level regional data (p.