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give cause for (something)

To justify something. The news that Callie's cancer was in remission gave cause for us to celebrate.
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give cause for something

to serve as a just cause for something; to warrant something. Your comments give cause for further investigation. I didn't give cause for you to worry so much.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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But Pertinax was created emperor against the wishes of the soldiers, who, being accustomed to live licentiously under Commodus, could not endure the honest life to which Pertinax wished to reduce them; thus, having given cause for hatred, to which hatred there was added contempt for his old age, he was overthrown at the very beginning of his administration.
Ralph is given cause for concern when a journalist arrives, keen to uncover the truth behind the assassination attempt, and that's not the only thing on his mind, as tensions between him and Alice escalate.
Ignoring the public statements of the White House and the delegation, since they don't really say anything, Ben Smith cites a source saying, a bit unclimactically, that "Those who have concerns about the President and his policies were not converted and those who don't have problems were not given cause for concern."
Mr Grego said there was a "great deal going on" inside the flat, that the items Timbrell threwout, in themselves, might not have caused any damage although the defendant appreciated it would have given cause for concern coupled with the fact he was behaving irrationally.
The spokeswoman said the condition had not given cause for concern in any of the babies and all of them had left the hospital.
Processing thin sheet Inconel by conventional means (punching and slitting) has always given cause for concern as parts tend to come out wavy and the material has a tendency to roll at the edges after processing.
THE recent flooding endured by so many people across a wide area of England must surely have given cause for thought to even the most sceptical amongst us.
Leicester was still waterlogged in places yesterday after an afternoon shower hit the track, but a dry forecast has given cause for optimism.
THE government's handling of the NHS has given cause for concern for some time.
Jockey Noel Fehily was barely given cause for concern as his mount sped to a 13-length victory that the bookmakers wasted no time in responding to.
Now a check-up has given cause for concern and we are waiting to see if his cancer has returned.
He was given cause for a double celebration after magistrates accepted that it could not be proved that he was driving a Mercedes CL600 at 96mph on the A3 near Esher, Surrey, at 12.50am on January 6.
SVEN-GORAN ERIKSSON was today given cause for concern by FIFA's promise to review Rio Ferdinand's punishment for failing to attend a drugs test.
The company, which sources much of its products in Mid Wales, has sunk back into the doldrums in the past 12 months following a period when investors had been given cause for hope that it might be back on track.
Recent developments have given cause for hope on this score, however.