give one pause

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But shouldn't the government's long history of reversals and follies when it comes to dietary recommendations, particularly with regard to fat, at least give one pause about the wisdom of a move as drastic as a full-fledged ban?
Should statements such as this give one pause about drug and alcohol testing of employees ?
The Soviet Union's track record with its nuclear-powered icebreakers is enough to give one pause.
The authors spend a good 'deal of time detailing several notable frauds, which should give one pause before investing heavily in Luger rarities.
But its involvement in the consulate attack, ties to AQIM, and sharing of a brand name that is used by other Al Qaeda-affiliated groups should give one pause when dismissing its ties to Al Qaeda," he said.
Though the idea of one-seventh of humanity having access to a smartphone may give one pause, Credit Suisse's prediction of 1 billion smartphones appears conservative next to that of Cisco, which recently posited that by 2016 there could be 10 billion smartphones worldwide, or 1.
That alone should give one pause as to O'Keefe's credibility.
Such results should certainly give one pause before acting on conventional wisdom.
There are unusual insights that give one pause for thought such as that of the first human beings to come to this continent through the 'Western Isles' tens of thousands of years before the first people came from England, Ireland, Scotland and their Western Isles.
Here again, the authors omitted give one pause and comprise the section's title.
We are continually given instances, almost always refreshing in their newness and number, and the cumulative effect cannot but give one pause.
THERE are several reasons why Los Angeles' system for offering cash rewards for crime tips ought to give one pause.