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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.
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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.
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Oswald struggled to his feet, and Ayala helped him walk to the front yard while the pit bull paced back and forth near its kennel.
Bound in ribbed corsetlike costumes that pressed their breasts skyward, Phedre and Oeonone (Frances McDormand, in her Wooster Group debut) paced back and forth, passing before and behind a plasma screen at the front of the stage as though moving in and out of Alice's looking glass.