give (someone) pause for thought

Definition of give (someone) pause for thought

:to cause (someone) to stop and think about something carefully or to have doubts about something
  • The latest economic news has given investors pause for thought.

Word by Word Definitions

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

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

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

pause play
  1. : a temporary stop

  2. : a break in a verse

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

  1. : to stop temporarily

  2. : to linger for a time

  3. : to cause to pause : stop

thought play
  1. : past tense and past participle of think

  1. : something that is thought: such as

  2. : an individual act or product of thinking

  3. : a developed intention or plan


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