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1. Lit. to measure a distance by counting the number of even strides taken while walking. He paced the distance out and wrote it down. He paced out the distance from the door to the mailbox.
2. Fig. to deal with a problem by pacing around. When she was upset, she walked and walked while she thought through her problem. When Ed came into the room, she was pacing a new crisis out. She usually paced out her anxiety.

pace something

off to mark off a distance by counting the number of even strides taken while walking. The farmer paced a few yards off and pounded a stake into the soil. He paced off a few yards.

pace (oneself)

To move or make progress at a sensible or moderate rate.
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References in classic literature ?
The lion below them paced nervously back and forth.
He and D'Arnot stepped back a few paces to be out of the line of fire as the men paced slowly apart.
Maggie's mother paced to and fro, addressing the doorful of eyes, expounding like a glib showman at a museum.