give (someone) pause

Definition of give (someone) pause

  1. :  to cause (someone) to stop and think about something carefully or to have doubts about something I was going to ask her for help, but the look on her face gave me pause.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

  1. :  some person :  somebody

  1. :  a temporary stop

    :  a break in a verse

    :  a brief suspension of the voice to indicate the limits and relations of sentences and their parts

  1. :  to stop temporarily

    :  to linger for a time

    :  to cause to pause :  stop

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