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I have found difficult to find an expression for the act when you stop your answer, think about it briefly, and then answer. EX: "Well, you know....." "I am not going to do it"

And in contrast an expression for doing something without thinking like: he talked without giving it an ounce of thought (but I am not sure if that expression is correct"

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"On second thoughts ..."

rarely implies that there has been hours of deliberation on the matter.

The 'Well' in the example strongly suggests a change of decision.

'He paused for thought' is possible, but to 'give someone pause for thought' means to really make them think and is perhaps more common.

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  • In the U.S., you'd say "On second thought..." – Blaise Zydeco Aug 17 '17 at 10:27

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