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give (one) pause

To cause one to take a moment to consider something. 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.
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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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give pause to someone (or give someone pause (for thought)

cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something.
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a pregnant pause (or silence)

a pause or silence that is laden with meaning or significance.
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give (somebody) ˈpause

(formal) make somebody think seriously about something or hesitate before doing something: His remarks on the conditions in our prisons gave me pause for thought. Until that moment I’d never realized things were so bad.
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a pregnant ˈpause/ˈsilence

a pause/silence in which everyone is waiting or listening for something, or a moment of silence which is full of meaning: There was a pregnant pause while everyone waited to hear what she had to say.
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Announcement of the pause comes after, a major breakthrough, as the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that its first ship since conflict erupted in Yemen in March berthed Tuesday in the port of Aden after repeated attempts to reach huge numbers of increasingly desperate people and as intense fighting continues to take a serious toll on civilians.
Discussions on the truce have been tough going for days, with Hadi and the Saudi coalition putting forward a list of demands before agreeing to the pause, diplomats said.
In translation, a pause may signify both problem-free and problematic processing.
Before proceeding to the Wilson & Wilson model, however, we start with the simpler Wilson & Zimmerman model to see whether a clear periodicity in the pause duration distribution can be discerned and whether it agrees with Wilson & Zimmerman's estimate of S with a range from 40 to 90 ms with a mean of 60.
Through the Pause Before You Post program, Jostens Educator Services and local Jostens Sales Representatives help educators address critical questions about social media while encouraging students to make smart decisions when publishing comments, photos and videos online and to understand the potential consequences of poor decisions.
The big plan with Judicial Pause is the Derby because he got to the third round last year even though he was probably a couple of kilos overweight and I'd expect him to be better and more experienced this time.
In line with a signed agreement with Mecca Mall, Pause provided the mall with an e-directory via interactive windows that were installed across the floors in the mall, complete with a comprehensive database which details directions to any of the mall's shops and facilities.
For modelling pause durations some texts were used to generate a number of characteristics describing the following:
The poll also revealed 71 per cent of men said they liked to pause their favourite moments alone with a further 30 per cent more likely to pause either sport or sex.
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After curling the DBs, pause momentarily in order to position them closer to your shoulders, and then execute the basic shoulder press.
In her essay-song "Can you pause that for a second .
But we can have a pause in pricing, without prices falling.
Bill McKibben takes a rare pause from his discourse on climate change, nanotechnology and humans' disconnect from nature as he walks from Vermont to the Adirondacks, reveling in the region he calls home.
If I could pause for a second and remember to breathe, I was brought right back into the present moment.