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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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 American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

give pause to, to

To stop temporarily; to hesitate; to hold back in order to reflect. This term, too, comes from Shakespeare, from Hamlet’s famous soliloquy on death (3.1), “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come . . . must give us pause.” Eric Partridge said it has been a cliché since the mid-nineteenth century.
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The authors spend a good 'deal of time detailing several notable frauds, which should give one pause before investing heavily in Luger rarities.
"There has been a big push to distance Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi from the others and from Al Qaeda, labeling the organization purely 'local.' But its involvement in the consulate attack, ties to AQIM, and sharing of a brand name that is used by other Al Qaeda-affiliated groups should give one pause when dismissing its ties to Al Qaeda," he said.
The price for downloading is not as steep, but still more than enough to give one pause before stealing the latest Taylor Swift single: $25,700 fines or up to two years in prison.
That alone should give one pause as to O'Keefe's credibility.
What does give one pause is Internet reading where any semblance of verification is absent.
Such results should certainly give one pause before acting on conventional wisdom.
Such things give one pause. We - the humans - are the masters of the world, aren't we?
There are unusual insights that give one pause for thought such as that of the first human beings to come to this continent through the 'Western Isles' tens of thousands of years before the first people came from England, Ireland, Scotland and their Western Isles.
Here again, the authors omitted give one pause and comprise the section's title.
We are continually given instances, almost always refreshing in their newness and number, and the cumulative effect cannot but give one pause. What is lacking, however, is demonstration that deals in the round and through a convincing series of inferences with the figures and themes raised.
It is the indirect means that give one pause: the subtle bias in seemingly evidence-based research funded by the pharmaceutical industry; journal articles written by ghostwriters; CME courses funded by pharmaceutical companies but presented by academic institutions or education companies; or drug surveillance programs provided at no cost to states in return for maintaining a company's drugs on the preferred medication list.
Not all the stories are equally convincing, but they all give one pause. Dr.
Greenlaw's lunch date there with her mentor and friend of 25 years, Alden Leeman, provides the framework for the series of stories she shares with readers--the very stories, or so the author alleges (though the book's title may give one pause)--that she and Alden and hangers on at their table swapped that day at the Dry Dock over a very extended luncheon.
Bush and the culturally conservative grassroots movement of the country give one pause about the pluralist ideal.
Oren's "silences" and his over-looking of central issues give one pause. For example, readers will not find in Oren's account any reference to one of the most controversial projects that was initiated short after guns fell silent in June 1967: the new settlements in the territories occupied by the IDF.