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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.
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The saga of "the lost convoy," which meandered through ambush after ambush, taking heavy casualties, before returning to the base, should give pause to those who believe that perfect "situational awareness" will sweep away the fog of war.
Yet momentary reflection should give pause. Judaism and Islam have many features in common, from the prominence of the divine law to the refusal to accord the prophet divine status.
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Also in closing, this book can provide insightful and objective observations to those of us who do work in the field of alcohol and drug treatment, and give pause for reflection on our own interactions with clients.
What Brook and his staff endured over 20 years should give pause to anyone who dreams of one day owning his or her own weekly and settling down to a blissful life as a small town newspaper editor.
While these latest data should give pause to those who project gains of 15 percent or more in housing starts for 1993 (not us), not all the news is bad.
But simply the physical challenges, not to mention the financial and manpower needs, confronting the new territory are enough to give pause to the most dedicated northsman.
It is hoped that the penalty for infractions-$100 to $500-is stiff enough to give pause to violators.
NEWS coming in from Gilgit about the potential formation of another glacial lake in Ghizer district should give pause to the big plans being made in nearby areas.
Nevertheless, plans to knock down an entire block of buildings in the centre of Huddersfield does give pause for thought.
It causes us to give pause and question the stability of the Twitter infrastructure, usage of my personal data and social network, and what important messages I may have missed from my trusted Twitter network," The Telegraph quoted Labour MP and fanatic tweeter, Tom Watso, as saying.
But the sheer scope of conditions of despair and political dysfunction in Muslim countries should give pause to any political leader or official who talks about the problems of the Islamic world.
While it can be difficult to quantify the scale of the problem, the data unveiled today should give pause for thought.
There are, however, some parts of Bashir's cease-fire declaration that should give pause for thought, because they smack of his administration's past reluctance to confront tough realities.