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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.
See also: give, pause

give (one) pause for thought

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 for thought.
See also: give, pause, thought

give pause to (one)

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 pause to me.
See also: give, pause

a pregnant silence

An overly long pause in speech that indicates a lot of meaning or significance. She gave a pregnant silence just before announcing the winner to build dramatic tension. While recounting his story, Jake gave a pregnant silence before naming the person who committed the crime, leading me to wonder whether he was telling the truth.
See also: pregnant, silence

a pregnant pause

An overly long pause in speech that indicates a lot of meaning or significance. She gave a pregnant pause just before announcing the winner to build dramatic tension. While recounting his story, Jake gave a pregnant pause before naming the person who committed the crime, leading me to wonder whether he was telling the truth.
See also: pause, pregnant

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.
See also: give, pause

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]
See also: give, pause

give pause to someone (or give someone pause (for thought)

cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something.
See also: give, pause, someone

a pregnant pause (or silence)

a pause or silence that is laden with meaning or significance.
See also: pause, pregnant

give (somebody) pause for ˈthought

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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.
See also: give, pause, thought

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.
See also: pause, pregnant, silence
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Does writing skill affect EFL writers' global pausing patterns?
Does writing skill affect EFL writers' pausing patterns at different intervals?
How do EFL writers' global and interval pausing patterns relate to the quality of their final texts?
Each writing event was analyzed globally in terms of event time, active writing time, pausing time, global pause frequency and pause duration.
Thus, the purpose of our study is to examine President Obama's inaugural speech in relation to the sixth criterion listed above; in particular, this study focuses on pausing in prepositional phrases which could be defined as functional phrases headed by any of the class of prepositions.
First, we determined the use of intersentential prepositional phrases and measured preceding and following pausing times for all preposition occurrences.
As a first step of our analyses, we initially conducted a general analysis on the preceding and following pausing times, i.
The mean pausing time preceding prepositions was measured to be 0.
The clearest evidence of the variable nature of pausing comes from studies reporting the frequency distribution of pause durations (e.
Conversely, pausing might decrease over time because subjects habituate to response costs or because variations in the reinforcement rate serve to differentially reinforce short pauses.
However, such an outcome might reflect a change in run times alone rather than a change in pausing (the two phases of FR performances were combined into a single measure).
The goal was to obtain for each rat a ratio at which marked pausing occurred (as defined by a median pause duration of 10 s or longer), and yet experimental sessions consistently were completed.
A critical finding is that pausing is negligible on variable-ratio schedules of reinforcement (e.
More specifically, the increased reinforcement rates that accompany early responding should shape performances in the direction of reduced pausing.
A possibility suggested by Shull (1979) is that responding on FR schedules is not sufficiently sensitive to the variations in reinforcement rate that accompany variations in pausing.