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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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Leisurewatch will show the video to thousands of other frontline transport workers in the UK, instructing them how potential sex offenders may operate in public places, and how they should approach people whose behaviour gives cause for concern.
By holding back on such decisions only gives cause for question and concern as to why this council is preventing Finham reaching their objective.
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There is something there that gives cause for worry.'
AT FIRST glance the fall in the number of jobless gives cause for hope.
The Examiner's continuing series on these vital recreational areas gives cause for reflection on how important they have been to people in the past and how they continue to have a place in our lives.
However, the end result was the same and his awkward head carriage gives cause for concern with one eye on the future.
Such a statement also gives cause for inspectors to question the council's financial management of services and could result in poor inspection scores.
And Judge Christopher Hodson also ordered that he should be on licence for an additional two years after his release, during which time he can be recalled to prison if his behaviour gives cause for concern.
THE SNP's sentencing policy gives cause for concern.
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In his interview Benedict gives cause for hope, however: "I believe that women themselves, with their energy and strength, with their superiority, with what I'd call their spiritual power, will know how to make their own space.
The third category is for any other offenders who have committed a sexual or violent offence in the past and where their current behaviour gives cause for concern.
Justice Scalia's minimalist view of rights, as reported above, gives cause for serious concern.
"The order intake during the third quarter gives no indication of an impending up-turn, which gives cause for some uncertainty about the end of the year," said Staffan Bohman, president and CEO of Sapa.