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pace back and forth

To walk back and forth (in or around some place), as in fear, anger, anxiety, frustration, etc. I hate seeing the animals in the zoo pace back and forth in their cages like that. They all look so unhappy! I just paced back and forth while I waited to hear back from the doctor.
See also: and, back, forth, pace
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pace back and forth

 and pace up and down
to walk over and over the same short route nervously or anxiously. The leopard paced back and forth in its cage. I paced up and down, worrying about a variety of things.
See also: and, back, forth, pace
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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