They pawed over Apeman despite his snarls and bellowings, and laughed when Apeman played the ape as though to the manner born.
And when Fatty Coon pawed his way through to the nest he found it empty.
At last he came within fifty yards, stopped, pawed a patch of snow, and still we did not shoot.
I pawed McMeekin with my hands and breathed full into his face.
They pawed over bolts of cheap lace and bins of stuff in the fetid air of the crowded place.
The horse rattled its bit, and pawed the ground impatient of delay.
But with a quiver of impatience the horse had pawed the ground and the tiny bird flew off to a distant clump of palmetto.
King snorted, pawed the dust a bit, but trotted on when Drew urged him.
Disconsolate Kerry barked at my passing step, and pawed frantically at the window, but I made no effort to release him.
Seeing that the newcomer was only a woman, she lowered her head and pawed the ground.
c.1300, from Old French powe, poe "paw, fist," of uncertain origin. Evidence points to a Gallo-Romance root form *pauta which probably is related to the source of patten.
"use the hands roughly," c.1600, from paw (n.). Related: Pawed; pawing. Middle English had pawen "to touch or strike with the paw" (c.1400).