Phrase(s): pace something out
1. Lit. to measure a distance by counting the number of even strides taken while walking. • He paced the distance out and wrote it down. • He paced out the distance from the door to the mailbox. 2. Fig. to deal with a problem by pacing around. • When she was upset, she walked and walked while she thought through her problem. When Ed came into the room, she was pacing a new crisis out. • She usually paced out her anxiety.
McGrawhill's American Idioms And Phrasal Verbs