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  • v. Present participle of paw.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • He was like a big bear raiding a bee-hive and, regardless of the stings, he obstinately persisted in pawing for the honey.

    Chapter VII

  • He no longer pushed his magic to the limits of its power; he no longer sought knowledge with the same voracity and hunger as a stag pawing through the snows of winter in search of sustenance.

    Curse of the Shadowmage

  • Secure as he is of the contemporary public verdict, Sir Charles does not attempt to repress his love of "pawing" all his female acquaintances.

    Letters on Literature

  • Sometimes he looked up with an ambitious eye to Homer, and we see his hand "pawing" like the hoof of the war-horse in Job, as he smelled his battle afar off, and panted to do for Achilles and Hector what he had done for Turnus and Æneas.

    The Poetical Works of John Dryden, Volume 1 With Life, Critical Dissertation, and Explanatory Notes

  • Symptoms include head shaking, "pawing" at an ear, gagging, sneezing, or excessive licking/chewing of a foot.

    The Santa Barbara Independent stories

  • Or should it be "pawing" over the Labour Manifesto which to me looks more like Russian Communist-era artwork than Welcome Break.

    Telegraph.co.uk: news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • Digging dirt out of his spikes, Wilson said he found himself "pawing" at a mound that was

    SI.com

  • It was taken for "pawing," a "word abhorrent wherever the English language is spoken."

    The Nation: Top Stories

  • I think the broken nose (which seems like it was broken, since it's doubtful 1 punch would open such a serious gash) did impact Fedor, as he was "pawing" it 2-3 times after each exchange.

    Yahoo! Sports - Top News

  • Less demanding tasks, such as pawing at a toy mouse suspended in the air or dragged on ground from a string, showed no real preference.

    Science News

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