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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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As my eyes followed the direction indicated I saw two women pacing back and forth in an enclosed garden.
A spokesman said: "The tiger was pacing back and forth in his pen.
Twenty-four hours later we are pacing back and forth in the comfort of our lounge with tango music playing in the background.
know this from so much time in my Room, pacing back and forth until the
Another student must repeat her monologue with its accompanying gestural vocabulary while pacing back and forth. A nervous, breathless quality imbues her performance with a sense of fear.
The person might mumble prayers or be 'pacing back and forth in front of a venue.'"
Turn waiting into a workout by pacing back and forth. So what if the bus is late--you're burning calories!
I remember, as I was nearing the end of my talk, seeing a father, middle-aged like me, pacing back and forth near the entry door to the church, holding his young son in his arms.
At times, compulsive rituals are seen, such as stuffing the toilet with paper, or pacing back and forth along the same path each day.
Scientists believe nervous energy, from pacing back and forth or playing with a telephone wire, produces fat-burning hormone orexin-A.