give pause to someone
give pause to (one)
To cause one to take a moment to consider something. I'd love to buy a house, but the fact that I'd have to completely deplete my savings account to do it gives pause to me.
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give pause to someone (or give someone pause (for thought)cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something.
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