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3 adjective
     
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1

be about to do something

if someone is about to do something, or if something is about to happen, they will do it or it will happen very soon:
We were just about to leave when Jerry arrived.
Work was about to start on a new factory building.
2

not be about to do something

informal used to emphasize that you have no intention of doing something:
I've never smoked in my life and I'm not about to start now.

➔ out and about

at out1 (3)

; ➔ be up and about

at up1 (11)

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