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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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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.
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.
Further, in a work so full of translation, his rendering of "como aqua para chocolate" as "ready to exploit" gives one pause (374).
It all sounds a bit creepy, and the fact that the program is under military control gives one pause about its ultimate use.
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.
Second, as the authors themselves point out, the small number (three) of Republican states with an SFJ gives one pause.
7 reduction in workers' compensation rates since 2003, the statement gives one pause.
She gives as good as she gets in a way that gives one pause.
But it gives one pause to discover that, while Neville lapped up the praise that his sisters lavished on him after Munich, he ignored the doubts that they conveyed to him af-f terwards about the policy he continued to pursue towards Hitler.
Setting foot inside the apartment kitchen--cwm-art gallery 65 GRAND always gives one pause.
And among those in the highly-leveraged financial services industry, whether or not they actually declared bankruptcy, the speed at which recent banking institutions fell from grace and the inability of the marketplace to value their assets gives one pause for concern as to whether the traditional ways of gauging bankruptcy risk has effectively protected stakeholders.
Vest's discussion of Aristotle's theory of natural slavery, which was applied to American Indians (150), gives one pause, perhaps even to ponder as to how or why the Academy needs to require American Indian studies to augment information students receive in their Western civilization classes.
This damning report gives one pause in evaluating the latest National Intelligence Estimate of Iranian nuclear capabilities.