An ethnocentric phrase of African American origin meaning:

1.) Taking a specific endeavor seriously and putting forth an honest and prudent effort.

2.) A call for a common mindset and elevated standard of professionalism, honor and dedication to a cause or action.

3.) Exhibiting extreme courage and bravery in times of stress or overwhelming odds.
Examples:

1.) Our mid-terms are coming up soon, so you better be about it and study hard to pass.

2.) As a member of the National Association of Black Journalist, we are expected to be about it.

3.) Eventhough there have been threats of violence against our peace rally, be about it when we march.
by Q. Gip September 28, 2007
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can either be a verb (to be about it) or a command (be about it). means that the person is not scared and is ready to do the act, whatever it is
v.- i'm trying to be about a gram of yayo tonight. i havent had that shit in a minute

comm.- you fucking pussy. don't talk about it, just be about it.
by fucka mother May 1, 2007
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To mention about something else that is on top
...but if there is about this situation, I think we should take an action.
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when someone says an unfunny joke which is then followed by silence. so to break the silence you say "about that".
Bill: Yeah, so then i said "you're about as funny as my mother!" (laughs hysterically)

SILENCE

Craig: ...about that
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1. When someone has asked you to do something for them, in which you agreed to do it, but then you forget to.
2. When you borrow something then lose or break it and dont tell the borrower, then they ask about it.
3. When you owe someone then you don't have their money.
1. Hey Miller what happened to you last night i thought you were going to come over and smoke one?
"About that....."
2. Hey fatboy wheres that T-rock cd I let you borrow did you copy it yet?
"About that....."
3.Yo Matt you got that 120 you owe me bwoy?
"About that....."
by Dustin Hise October 20, 2006
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Used in slang especially in Britain, in place of "No Way" or "Bullshit"
The way it works is that it negates the following sentence, much in the way the above examples would. used in street slang and grime music
Geoffrey: Hey mike i heard you fucked tony?
Mike: about i ragged tony, i'm not gay blud

by BrassManBlaze March 12, 2009
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