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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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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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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.
Though I've heard this vivacious track (and its chorus of "Marching naked ladies!") countless times, it always gives pause. Maybe it's the combination of electronica aesthetics and lesbian politics, or maybe the novel way the song sound-tracks women in the streets, on their own terms, loosely organized, with their outlaw sexualities (another funny refrain is "We recruit!") and mobile bodies.
Throughout the book the occasional bold statement gives pause. Is it really true - for instance of Bede - that "the difference between hagiography and archival evidence is a modern, not a medieval, one" (159)?
Such uncertainty gives pause to the most stout-hearted banker.
Once might be a mistake, twice is suspect, three times certainly gives pause for thought.
In Channel II, the pixelated face of the portrait (a carefully gradated--midnight to baby blue to cocoa--encaustic grid) gives pause. The painting is purposefully connected to the pixelated face in the enlarged photo hung on the opposite wall, in which a black man stands next to a graffiti-covered, locked-down urban building.