about to

about to

Meaning

  • to be at the point where something was just going to be done
  • on the verge of
  • can be used to show that a task was going to be done but was disturbed at the onset

Example Sentences

  1. I was about to come to you for advice when you called me.
  2. It is a thrill that you experience when you are about to enter a massive roller coaster.
  3. You know when you are about to meet the man of your dreams when everything else is going wrong.
  4. It is the emotional strength of a woman that helps her when she is about to give birth.
  5. To know that you are about to die must have been a painful journey for him after the doctors diagnosed him with a serious disease.
  6. The cave is about to fall. Hence visitors have been advised to keep away.
  7. I know that you are about to leave the country for good. What is the point of hiding it now?
  8. It was great that the operation went well. I was about to call another specialist otherwise.
  9. The children are about to sleep, please don’t make a noise.

Origin

Neither the literary nor the term’s origin are available at the moment.

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