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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 (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

pregnant silence

A long pause in speech that indicates a lot of meaning or significance. There was a pregnant silence when the topic changed to Grandpa's will, and everyone could tell that something shocking was about to be revealed. The most telling part of his speech was the pregnant silence before he denied any wrongdoing.
See also: pregnant, silence

pregnant pause

A long pause in speech that indicates a lot of meaning or significance. There was a pregnant pause when the topic changed to Grandpa's will, and everyone could tell that something shocking was about to be revealed. The most telling part of his speech was the pregnant pause before he denied any wrongdoing.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.
See also: pause, pregnant, silence

give pause to, to

To stop temporarily; to hesitate; to hold back in order to reflect. This term, too, comes from Shakespeare, from Hamlet’s famous soliloquy on death (3.1), “For in that sleep of death what dreams may come . . . must give us pause.” Eric Partridge said it has been a cliché since the mid-nineteenth century.
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* 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.
Table 1 presents an overview of time allocation and pausing patterns for the two groups.
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.e.
The mean pausing time preceding prepositions was measured to be 0.111s and the following time 0.045s.
In order to see if there are significant differences between preceding and following pausing times of prepositions with different meanings and different phonological features we conducted further analyses.
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.
More recently, McSweeney and colleagues found that the rate of responding decreases within FR sessions (Aoyama & McSweeney, 2001; McSweeney & Swindell, 1999), which is also consistent with an increase in pausing. 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.
We adopted a similar approach for some of the analyses reported here, but for the purpose of characterizing early responding within the ratio, pausing was defined initially in terms of the time until the first response.
A critical finding is that pausing is negligible on variable-ratio schedules of reinforcement (e.g., Grossman, Bonem, & Phelps, 1987), that is, a ratio schedule in which early responses are sometimes reinforced.
More specifically, the increased reinforcement rates that accompany early responding should shape performances in the direction of reduced pausing. However, the data provided by Ferster and Skinner (1957) as well as by subsequent researchers (e.g., Baron & Herpolsheimer, 1999; Palya, 1992) indicate that the inefficient pause-run pattern is maintained indefinitely despite extended exposure to FR schedules.
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. If this is the case, then procedures that augment this correlation should reduce pause durations and produce more efficient performances.