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Always we talked of the result of the day's panning and the chances of to-morrow.

"This is panning out first rate," I said, with less emotion.

Nevertheless, every assay or panning has a value as indicating the presence of gold.

Terry went at his panning with enthusiasm, bound to make a showing.

The bosses had only remained until the gold was panning out well, then they sent for experts to come and value the entire mine.

We went on up the brook, panning continually, but nowhere on the bed-rock found gold in paying quantities.

And so the summer passed—herding horses at night, sleeping and panning gold by day.

The silver mine is panning out big and she will be a very rich girl by the time she comes of age.

We traced our way up the creek as far as Discovery and back, panning dirt at various places with resulting colors in some cases.

They passed men camped and panning dirt, but continued resolute, halting only "to pass the good word."

WORD ORIGIN

Old English panne, earlier ponne (Mercian) "pan," from West Germanic *panna "pan" (cf. Old Norse panna, Old Frisian panne, Middle Dutch panne, Dutch pan, Old Low German panna, Old High German phanna, German pfanne), probably an early borrowing (4c. or 5c.) from Vulgar Latin *patna, from Latin patina "shallow pan, dish, stewpan," from Greek patane "plate, dish," from PIE *pet-ano-, from root *pete- "to spread" (see pace (n.)). Irish panna probably is from English, and Lithuanian pana is from German.

Used of pan-shaped parts of mechanical apparatus from c.1590; hence flash in the pan, a figurative use from early firearms, where a pan held the priming (and the gunpowder might "flash," but no shot ensue). To go out of the (frying) pan into the fire is first found in Spenser (1596).

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