give (one) pause

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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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The proposal to replace an elementary school gives us pause, given 10 years of declining enrollment in the district.
This disappointing series of actions by the Company under the guise of working constructively with one of its largest shareholders gives us pause for what the Company may seek to do next to frustrate shareholders' rights.
Girmay gives us pause to consider the ways her words suggest all these nuances in our language.
Laughter gives us pause to see how we deal with life.
What gives us pause about this attack is that while the others were haphazard and sloppy .
Wabi sabi gives us pause before we toss away an object because it is no longer pristine.
THIS break gives us pause to reflect on our extraordinary turn of fortunes.
DELHI is no stranger to accidents, but the recent crash which involved a valet at a five-star hotel crashing a Lamborghini Gallardo into a concrete wall gives us pause for thought.
Right now, I think our security measures are very strict, but certainly it gives us pause to look again into our security measures," Lacierda said.
If Instagram is an ocean of manufactured desire--or is, to apply a line from Berman's text as its slogan, "where / boredom / meets / long-ing"--Kunath has created a contemporary book of devotions that gives us pause, his lachrymal orange just as oddly touching as it is real.
Donahue's very closeness to the Democratic Party power structure that gives us pause.
Tarantino manages to give us a movie that has many fascinating elements, is hugely entertaining and gives us pause for thought about a time when slavery was the norm.
That's something that, frankly speaking, gives us pause.