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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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Our studies should give pause to people who are pregnant and using these products as an alternative.
6 million - has forced him to give pause to recurring petitions from Congress and unions to increase the public servant's pay.
It doesn't matter which side you are on in the marijuana debate this book will cause you to give pause to think more deeply on this very timely subject.
Governor Romney's decision to directly enlist himself in the birther movement should give pause to any rational voter across America," the BBC quoted an Obama campaign spokesman, as saying.
In a sign that could give pause to policymakers still concerned about inflation, core prices rose 2.
Such a bold move will likely give pause to Enable-IT's competitors and peace of mind to IT/security professionals who cannot afford downtime.
This litigation should give pause to anyone who desires to serve our country overseas, for they may find themselves abandoned when determined politically expedient.
The treatment of these courageous women ought to give pause to those who argue that North Korea is susceptible to offers of ''engagement''; that it seeks normal political and economic relations with the United States and other Western countries.
The analysis he provided during his speech on Monday night about the current Israeli situation ought to give pause to those who doubt that Israel poses a grave danger.
It's enough to give pause to any financially strapped Santa Claus, and perhaps elicit his applause.
Bateman said this "debacle should give pause to legislators who want to expand state sponsored health care coverage.
how could these protests not give pause to potential Broadway investors?
Marked might not stand out on a comic book rack, but it would certainly give pause to someone browsing in a religious book store where it is just as likely to be found.
As the author is careful to point out, past interpretation should give pause to those who would use the Bible to build new empires.
The participants' conclusion--that the Western Hemisphere security situation is "extremely volatile and dangerous" and that the challenges of good governance and security need to be addressed lest the issue resolve itself in ways not to our liking--should give pause to security decisionmakers.