I did some light dieting in the hope of being on-camera and petting a dog, in the next week or two, as per my dream.
This time, Hannah was soaking her feet in water and DiMaggio was petting his cat, Princess.
The idea of your swelling around the country and petting yourself with the nickname of Givenaught—intolerable humbug!
And if your horse wins, the jockey gets all the praise and the petting.
And Tattine did as she was bid, and Doctor and Betsy, who had sadly missed her petting, were wild with delight.
You spoiled your sister with your petting and coaxing, till there was no doing with her.
A pecking which is petting and no worse than in the same morning is not the only way to be continuous often.
At first suspicious and hostile, White Fang grew to like this petting.
I should always treat him like a boy,—spoiling him and petting him, but never respecting him.
Growl he would, from the moment the petting began till it ended.
1873, "fondling indulgence," verbal noun from pet (v.). Meaning "amorous caressing, foreplay" is from 1920 (in F. Scott Fitzgerald).
"tamed animal," originally in Scottish and northern England dialect (and exclusively so until mid-18c.), of unknown origin. Sense of "indulged child" (c.1500) is recorded slightly earlier than that of "animal kept as a favorite" (1530s), but the latter may be the primary meaning. Probably associated with or influenced by petty. As a term of endearment by 1849. Teacher's pet is attested from 1890. Pet-shop from 1928.
"peevishness, offense at feeling slighted," 1580s, in phrase take the pet "take offense." Perhaps from pet (n.1) on a similar notion to that in American English that gets my goat, but the underlying notion is obscure, and the form of the original expression makes this doubtful. This word seems to have been originally a southern English term, while pet (n.1) was northern and Scottish.
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Amorous caressing and kissing: Petting is necking with territorial concessions (1924+)