give (one) pause

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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 must give us pause because there are Filipinos who insist they love their country, but do not want to live in it and there are other Filipinos who say they love the Philippines (its beaches, its mountains, its birds), but who seem to have nothing but contempt for most Filipinos.
The results of the Peacock-Chambers paper alone should give us pause rather than our blindly accepting results of a trial just because it has appeared in a peer-re viewed journal.
Does the chance of a rogue missile hitting our shores give us pause in these uncertain times when things can go awry between governments run by megalomaniacs like Kim Jung-un and narcissists like Donald Trump?
The effects of climate change on bumble bees should give us pause.
While more research is needed to determine whether phthalates actually cause diabetes, this association is enough to give us pause.
The decline in long-term rates during the second quarter does give us pause that the margin may come in worse than we expect," the research firm said in a report on Wednesday.
News from the research field always comes up with something that give us pause to think.
We go to Castleford on Sunday and their big home loss to Hull KR at the weekend should give us pause for thought as we prepare to visit the Jungle.
But the unexpected ways that living things respond should also give us pause.
May's analysis of the class representation of hunting in the twenty-first century, as opposed to the class reality of hunting, should give us pause.
Even a brief look at the details should give us pause.
Once we understand that the ringleader is somebody who is at a terrorist training camp in July 2001, that should give us pause before we believe that the reason these terrible things have happened is the result of our foreign policy.
While this study was performed in Amsterdam and may not perfectly reflect the cultural norms of the United States, the results still should give us pause and raise important questions.
We remain bullish and are advising our clients to remain overweight on equities, but the levels of valuations and investor sentiment are starting to give us pause in the short term," said Bill Greiner, chief investment officer of Mariner Wealth Advisors, in Leawood, Kansas.