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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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Another area that gives pause is Smail's treatment of women and family life.
Throughout the book the occasional bold statement gives pause.
When a great golfer like Runyan passes, it always gives pause for reflection," says Jack Peter, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame.
An environment of overregulation and uncertainty makes it difficult or unprofitable for companies to invest in new workers, and gives pause to would-be entrepreneurs looking to start businesses.
But one line in the president's joint manifesto for world power with David Cameron gives pause for thought.
The clatter of its machinery gives pause to passers-by.