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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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Both have been arrested by NAB in cases registered long before, after prolonged legal battles, but their arrests will give pause to other party leaders who should be using these arrests to guide any protest movement that may be sparked off.
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.
"Our studies should give pause to people who are pregnant and using these products as an alternative."
The President said the sheer size of the bureaucracy -1.6 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 2.2 percent in the 12 months through November, up from 2.1 percent in October.
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.
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.
"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.
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."
than in the U.K., 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.