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How the meaning of this sentence changes if an indefinite article is added?

The terms of the contract are clearly giving some people pause.

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The terms of the contract are clearly giving some people a pause.

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Adding the article breaks the idiom.

"Give someone pause" is an idiom that means "cause someone to think carefully or hesitate before doing something." (lexico)

"Give someone a pause" is not an idiom, and if it means anything, it means "give someone a short break"

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