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

Definition of give pause to someone or give someone pause for thought in English:

Cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something: the sight of these gives any would-be attacker pause for thought
More example sentences
  • I completely understand that, and, to be honest, it gives me pause for thought.
  • Now there's something to 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.
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