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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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This should surely give pause to a sincere and reflective advocate of any religion.
This should give pause to practitioners structuring voting/nonvoting recapitalizations of stock and FLPs.
and his discussion of the role of Al Gore and William Daley, now Gore's campaign manager, should give pause to anyone who thinks Gore would make a positive difference On international economic issues.
The plan suggests the soon to be independent ISP is readying an altogether more aggressive content strategy as a means to realize new revenue opportunites, and should give pause for thought to erstwhile potential content partners such as QXL Ltd, the online auction specialist which rumor has it plans to be the UK's second big .
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.
The fact that this is an important FA Cup tie, for Liverpool at least, should also give pause for thought.
The Ehrlichs conclude with questions to give pause to the brownlashers.
This fact, as much as anything else, should give pause to the North American foundry industry, which has long suffered at the hands of suppliers from different industries that have simply out-marketed metalcasting and its traditional products.
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.
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.
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.