give (someone) pause for thought

Definition of give (someone) pause for thought

  1. :  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

giveplay
  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

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

pauseplay
  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

thoughtplay
  1. : past tense and past participle ofthink

  1. :  something that is thought: such as

    :  an individual act or product of thinking

    :  a developed intention or plan


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