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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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.
He added: "What should also give us pause for thought is that it wasn't just Gaddafi who was killed.
Whether or not they make us ask deep and meaningful questions, the artists are guaranteed to give us pause for thought, from filmmaker Nick Osborn who draws on the idea that 'the fool' is the only figure able to discuss subjects forbidden in polite society, to photographer Michael Gardiner who uses the age-old tradition of 'carnivalesque' to turn rules of ordinary life on their head.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has been extremely worried for years about the dangers posed by novices and new research carried out by the US National Institute of Mental Health in Maryland should give us pause for thought.
That must give us pause for thought and I will certainly be speaking directly with both the Chief Constable and the Police Federation locally about what further measures we need to consider, including the issue of when and if officers should be armed.
But it should give us pause for thought, especially during this season of Lent.
But the American experience should give us pause for thought.
But surely this ambivalence should give us pause for thought.
There has been a huge deliberate wastage of human life which should give us pause for thought.