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(idiomatic, only with bare infinitive) Indicates something that will happen very soon; indicates that something is imminent.
He's about to run into something bad.
I'm about to starve to death.
I turned away, about to leave the room.
He's not about to let the pup out of the kennel and be forced to shut down all good we're accomplishing.
I was about to deny, but she put a finger to my lips.
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