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(it's) (a)bout time
An expression used to emphasize that something should have occurred a long time ago. Well, about time you got here—I've been waiting for over an hour! It's about time that high schools taught their students about basic banking and finance. A: "Tom finally moved out of his parents' house." B: "Bout time! He's 40 years old."
See also: time
1. A phrase used before a suggestion. How about Chinese for dinner? How about you turn off the TV and go to bed early for once?
2. A phrase used before a comment that seeks the listener's feedback. How about that game last night? So exciting!
How about a lift?
A request for a ride, as in one's car. If you're going to that part of town, how about a lift? I'll give you money for gas.
How about you?
A phrase used to extend a previously-asked question to someone else. A: "How've you been, Ted?" B: "Oh, I've been fine. How about you?" OK, one coffee, and how about you, Miss?
How 'bout them apples?
1. A phrase used to draw attention to one's cleverness or superiority to the one being addressed, especially after a recent triumph. You remember how you said I would never get into law school? Well now I'm valedictorian. How 'bout them apples?
2. That is surprising and/or disappointing. McCloskey's is closing after 41 years in business. How 'bout them apples?
sorry about that
Glib or lighthearted recognition of some mistake one has made, regardless of how serious (or not) the mistake may be. Sometimes expressed more colloquially as "sorry 'bout that." A: "Oops, sorry about that. I didn't realize you were still using this computer." B: "Oh, don't worry about it. I'll just log in on a different one." A: "You ruined my entire batch of brownies!" B: "Oh yeah, sorry 'bout that. I needed the oven, though, so I just took them out."
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
How about you?
What do you think?; What is your choice?; What about you? Bob: How are you, Bill? Bill: I'm okay. How about you? Bob: Fine, fine. Let's do lunch sometime. Waiter: Can I take your order? Bill: I'll have the chef's salad and ice tea. Waiter (turning to Sue): How about you? Sue: I'll have the same.
How bout them apples?and How do you like them apples?
Rur. What do you think of that? (Often used to express admiration, as in the first example; bout is short for about.) Tom: I got first prize! Mary: Well! How bout them apples? Joe got a job as a newspaper reporter. How do you like them apples?
sorry about thatand sorry 'bout that
sorry; whoops. (A gross understatement, said more as a self-deprecating joke than as an apology.) You spill hot cocoa on my coat, and all you can say is "Sorry 'about that"? When the passenger stepped on my toe, she said, "sorry about that."
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
What is your thought, feeling, or desire concerning. For example, How about a cup of tea? or How about joining us for lunch? It is also put as how about it, as in How about it? Do you want to come along? [Mid-1800s] Also see what about.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
mod. ready; knowledgeable; cool. (Black.) Sam is smart. He’s really about it.
See about it
See also: bout
sorry about thatand sorry ’bout that
interj. sorry; whoops. (A gross understatement, said more as a self-deprecating joke than as an apology.) When the passenger stepped on my toe, she said, “Sorry about that.”
sorry ’bout thatverb
See sorry about that
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1. Used to make a suggestion or to offer something: How about a cup of tea?
2. Used to request an opinion about something considered remarkable or impressive: How about that storm last night?
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.