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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.
See also: give, pause

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.
See also: give, pause, thought

give pause to (one)

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 pause to me.
See also: give, pause

a pregnant silence

An overly long pause in speech that indicates a lot of meaning or significance. She gave a pregnant silence just before announcing the winner to build dramatic tension. While recounting his story, Jake gave a pregnant silence before naming the person who committed the crime, leading me to wonder whether he was telling the truth.
See also: pregnant, silence

a pregnant pause

An overly long pause in speech that indicates a lot of meaning or significance. She gave a pregnant pause just before announcing the winner to build dramatic tension. While recounting his story, Jake gave a pregnant pause before naming the person who committed the crime, leading me to wonder whether he was telling the truth.
See also: pause, pregnant

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]
See also: give, pause

give pause to someone (or give someone pause (for thought)

cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something.
See also: give, pause, someone

a pregnant pause (or silence)

a pause or silence that is laden with meaning or significance.
See also: pause, pregnant

give (somebody) pause for ˈthought

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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.
See also: give, pause, thought

a pregnant ˈpause/ˈsilence

a pause/silence in which everyone is waiting or listening for something, or a moment of silence which is full of meaning: There was a pregnant pause while everyone waited to hear what she had to say.
See also: pause, pregnant, silence
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The goal of this study was to assess the escape of flatfishes as a function of dredge pause duration and to estimate collateral loss of scallops through a series of test dredges.
pauses within a word are shorter than those proceeding a word, and pauses between sentences are shorter than those between paragraphs.
Some people refer to the deliberate pause as the "creative pause.
Even then, the magical pause can strengthen the punch line.
In problem-free production, a translator pauses to read the following chunk of the source text (ST) and processes it in order to transfer the message before typing (Dragsted, 2012, p.
The Wilson & Zimmerman model predicts that for between speaker pauses (which contain an even number of slot lengths S), pause duration will be 2kS, k = 0, 1, 2,.
Bada and Genc (2008), on the other hand, argued that not only pauses longer than 250msec be taken into consideration but also shorter pauses have more significance than merely providing time for breathing.
Hopefully you will be drawn to make these seven sacred pauses a part of your daily practice," she writes.
In high-context cultures (for example, those of American Indians, Chinese and Japanese) dialogue consists of long turns alternating with longer pauses and quiet listening; interruptions are rare.
TONY Blair's successor has got the "look", but he hasn't gotthe pauses.
However, it is unlikely that either factor can explain pausing as comparisons with variable-ratio (VR) schedules show that subjects can complete equivalent numbers of responses while making much shorter pauses (Crossman, Bonem, & Phelps, 1987; Mazur, 1983).
He then whistles phrase C and pauses for me to whistle phrase D.
Thirdly, the number of pronunciation deviations and pauses made during the lectures.
He then extends his legs, flexes the torso toward the floor (Photo 6), and pauses momentarily in that position.
SPS is a great example of why strategic pauses work," Wynne says.