One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something.‘public outrage has given him pause’
make serious, make more seriousView synonyms
- ‘I completely understand that, and, to be honest, it gives me pause for thought.’
- ‘The Athens experience should give us pause for thought.’
- ‘But the notion of ‘celebrating’ any culture should give us pause for thought.’
- ‘This was a good point, and gave me pause for thought.’
- ‘The result, from what we can guess from the data, should also give them pause for thought.’
- ‘Now there's something to give you pause for thought.’
- ‘There was something about the whole deal, however, which gave me pause for thought.’
- ‘If it doesn't give you pause for thought, even in a world besieged by bad news, you aren't paying attention.’
- ‘It may have been unfair, but did it not give you pause for thought?’
- ‘But there are lessons from history here that, at the very least, should give us pause for thought.’
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