be about to (do something)

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be about to (do something)

To be ready to do something; to be going to do something in the next moment. I was just about to put the roast in the oven when the doorbell rang—that's why dinner isn't ready yet. I'm about to go to work, sweetie. Can it wait until tonight?

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.