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synonyms for pawing

  • fondle
  • clap
  • claw
  • clutch
  • dig
  • feel
  • finger
  • grab
  • grate
  • grope
  • handle
  • hit
  • maul
  • molest
  • palpate
  • pat
  • rake
  • rasp
  • rub
  • scratch
  • search
  • slap
  • smite
  • stroke
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antonyms for pawing

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  • guard
  • let go
  • make happy
  • please
  • protect
  • manhandle
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How to use pawing in a sentence

The carriage, waiting to convey them away, was already at the door, the impatient horses pawing the ground.
ELSTER'S FOLLYMRS. HENRY WOOD
De Valmont's horse was pawing and sniffing uneasily, but Rollo stood firm as a rock.
GOD WILLS IT!WILLIAM STEARNS DAVIS
Like the bull, he has the custom of pawing the ground with his feet; his hide is hard, his flesh is tender, and good.
BUFFON'S NATURAL HISTORY. VOLUME VIII (OF 10)GEORGES LOUIS LECLERC DE BUFFON
A collie leaped upon the platform and began pawing Kathlyn, and shortly after the younger sister followed.
THE ADVENTURES OF KATHLYNHAROLD MACGRATH
Anson's big horse stood up straight, pawing the air, and came down with a crash.
THE MAN OF THE FORESTZANE GREY
This calculation took about one-millionth of a second, and I plunged for the gate, "like a pawing horse let go."
MY LIFE IN MANY STATES AND IN FOREIGN LANDSGEORGE FRANCIS TRAIN
And they trudged away, leaving the discomfited gentleman standing beside his pawing horses.
INTERRUPTEDPANSY
"Can't keep a good boy like this pawing around in fish gurry," stated Captain Wass.
BLOW THE MAN DOWNHOLMAN DAY
They fell into the habit of visiting the old quarry and pawing over the fragments in search of fossil specimens.
MARK TWAIN, A BIOGRAPHY, 1835-1910, COMPLETEALBERT BIGELOW PAINE
A loud, clear voice, however, declined the invitation; the horses were heard pawing without.
NIGHT AND MORNING, COMPLETEEDWARD BULWER-LYTTON
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