be about to (do something)

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be about to (do something)

To be ready to do something. Oh, I was just about to put the roast in the oven when the doorbell rang—that's why dinner isn't ready yet.

be about to do something

be going to do something immediately: I was about to phone him when he walked into the room.
See also: something
References in classic literature ?
And now, O men who have condemned me, I would fain prophesy to you; for I am about to die, and in the hour of death men are gifted with prophetic power.
I am practically industrious-- painstaking, a workman to execute with perseverance and labour-- but besides this there is a love for the marvellous, a belief in the marvellous, intertwined in all my projects, which hurries me out of the common pathways of men, even to the wild sea and unvisited regions I am about to explore.
The questions which I am about to ask you you can answer or not, according to your own apprehensions of what is due to each.