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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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The only aspect of this book that gives one pause is Lee's somewhat unrealistic philosophical musing at the end.
The promise of completely "free" medical care of every sort imaginable gives one pause. What happens when the money runs out?
If someone's reputation can be miraculously regenerated with the application of millions of rupees, it gives one pause to think about this amazing brand of honour that waxes and wanes as needed.
The sight of teens with rifles is one we're used to from news reports of a much more tragic nature, so the imagery definitely gives one pause. There's a deeply anti-government streak to the politics of The 5th Wave, which imagines a world in which an alien race takes over the planet and starts eradicating the human species in a series of waves that destroy infrastructure, environment and health.
A large gnarly tree gives one pause and takes one to times past and possible futures, imagining what that ancient living thing will continue to experience.
At first, this format gives one pause; will it weaken a memoir, not give it the same "validity?" The use of dialogue, however, along with interior thought provides for a very powerful narrative, and allows the reader to experience what Elena feels.
Further, in a work so full of translation, his rendering of "como aqua para chocolate" as "ready to exploit" gives one pause (374).
This gives one pause. At the same time, mobilization opens up a new mindset for publishing.
The phrase "alternate history" gives one pause. At first one assumes that we're saying "fantasy" here, or that the proponent has found evidence which proves something besides the generally accepted story could have happened.
It all sounds a bit creepy, and the fact that the program is under military control gives one pause about its ultimate use.
Occasionally the title of a book gives one pause; this title, which suggests that treating the most vulnerable neonates might demand limits, represents one such case.
Demanding today, it gives one pause to consider the musical virtuosity of the original players, given the state of the individual instruments in the early 1800's.
Musekura's life story and personal experience with forgiveness gives one pause. He has witnessed firsthand the devastation done to families and entire communities, having lost several family members during and after the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and eventually returned to Africa to begin a ministry based on forgiveness and reconciliation.
Auschwitz," gives one pause. Here we have a Tel Aviv poet who, while unhesitatingly exploring the less palpable aspects of his favorite metropolis, is nonetheless ineluctably drawn to the subject of the Holocaust.