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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.
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.
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]
give pause to someone (or give someone pause (for thought) cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something.
a pregnant pause (or silence) a pause or silence that is laden with meaning or significance.
give (somebody) pause for ˈthought,
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.
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.