Definition of give someone pause in US English:

give someone pause

phrase

  • Cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something.

    ‘public outrage has given him pause’
    • ‘This was a good point, and gave me pause for thought.’
    • ‘But there are lessons from history here that, at the very least, should give us pause for thought.’
    • ‘I completely understand that, and, to be honest, it gives 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.’
    • ‘It may have been unfair, but did it not give you 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.’
    • ‘There was something about the whole deal, however, which gave 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.’
    make serious, make more serious
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