In the meantime the buffalo, having ceased roaring and pawing, had settled down to what promised to be a long wait.
For a time the best sheep-dog in the North was pawing at the Gate of Death.
The animal stood jerking his head, blowing and pawing the ground while Chiltern examined him.
The horse of a mounted field officer was pawing the garden turf.
We soon heard the pawing of her horse outside, and we trusted she would ride back to the Castle.
Mr. Hungerford, pawing in the darkness at the offending footstool, swore.
The dullness may give way to great uneasiness, champing of the jaws, spasms of the limbs, kicking and pawing the ground.
Somebody's been pawing this all over, and the prints are probably spoilt.
Curiosity, on this point should be restrained, and no picking and pawing up of the nuts permitted.
He's been pawing the air ever since Crew cabled, and this has blown him up completely.
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).