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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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While GS9 gives him pause, stable sell-through, and normalized iPhone 8/X inventories leave him incrementally more constructive ahead of the 2H ramp of the new iPhone 9 cycle.
Klisch, who started Lakefront in 1987 by selling kegs to nearby taverns in the Riverwest neighborhood, admits it gives him pause. But just enough to make a quip.
For Pugh, however, it Seems it's more than the gesture that gives him pause.
Frankie also calls for a clampdown on immigration - although the vicar of his old patch, the Rev Paul Hulme, gives him pause for thought with his "open-door" attitude.