Word Origin Old English onbūtan, from on ‘in, on’ + būtan ‘outside of’ .Idioms
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BrE BrE//əˈbaʊt//; NAmE NAmE//əˈbaʊt//
to be close to doing something; to be going to do something very soon I was just about to ask you the same thing.
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to not be willing to do something; to not intend to do something I've never done any cooking and I'm not about to start now.
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