give (one) pause for thought

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give (one) pause for thought

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 me pause for thought.
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give (somebody) pause for ˈthought

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give (somebody) ˈpause

(formal) make somebody think seriously about something or hesitate before doing something: His remarks on the conditions in our prisons gave me pause for thought. Until that moment I’d never realized things were so bad.
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The woes of Sheffield Eagles and, perhaps, Bradford Bulls should give them pause for thought.
THE DIKLER realises that jockeys are reluctant to turn off their mobile phones in any circumstances, but perhaps the experience of one of their colleagues at 2.30am on Friday night, after amateur Richard Burton's 30th birthday party, will give them pause for thought.
Perhaps Natalie's words will give them pause for thought the next time they are faced with such a dilemma.
"It might give them pause for thought when they put money on a horse about whether or not that horse is being ridden under the Jockey Club rules."