about englannista suomeksi
ympärille, siellä täällä, ympäriinsä
jalkeilla, liikkeellä, liikkeellä oleva, jalkeilla oleva
In a circle around; all round; on every side of; on the outside of. (defdate)
''The snake was coiled about his ankle.''
c.1604–1605, (w), ''s:All's Well That Ends Well|All's Well That Ends Well''
- So look about you; know you any here?
- Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:
Over or upon different parts of; through or over in various directions; here and there in; to and fro in; throughout. (defdate)
''Rubbish was strewn about the place.''
''The children were running about the room.''
''He was well known about town.''
(RQ:Milton Paradise Regained)
1849, (w), ''The history of England from the accession of James the Second''
- He had been known, during several years, as a small poet; and some of the most savage lampoons which were handed about the coffeehouses were imputed to him.
On the point or verge of.
1866, ''A treatise on the law of suits by attachment in the United States'', by Charles Daniel Drake, page 80
- It was held, that the latter requirement was fulfilled by an affidavit declaring that "the defendant was about leaving the State permanently."
Concerning; with regard to; on account of; on the subject of; to affect. (defdate)
1671 (w), ''(w)''
- I already have made way / To some Philistian lords, with whom to treat / About thy ransom.
1860, (w), ''(w)''
- "I'll tell you what, Fanny: she must have her way about Sarah Thompson. You can see her to-morrow and tell her so."
2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
- Well, let’s not talk about yesterday.
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''to be about one's business''
- And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?
2013 March 14, ''(w)'', season 5, episode 16, ''Bailout'':
- RON: And I'll have the number 8.
- WAITER: That's a party platter, it serves 12 people.
- RON: I know what I'm about, son.
''I can't find my reading glasses, but they must be somewhere about the house.''
''John's in the garden, probably somewhere about the woodshed.''
On one's person; nearby the person. (defdate)
''I had no weapon about me but a stick.''
1837, Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton|Edward Bulwer-Lytton, ''Ernest Maltravers: Volume 1''
- At this assurance the traveller rose, and approached Alice softly. He drew away her hands from her face, when she said gently, "Have you much money about you?"
- "Oh the mercenary baggage!" said the traveller to himself; and then replied aloud "Why, pretty one? Do you sell your kisses so high, then?"
In or near, as in mental faculties ''or'' in the possession of; under the control of; at one's command; in one's makeup. (defdate)
in hand, in the process of doing.
On all sides; around. (defdate)
''I looked about at the scenery that surrounded me.''
- Why, then, I see, ‘tis time to look about, / When every boy Alphonsus dares control.
and there|Here and there; around; in one place and another; up and down. (defdate)
''Bits of old machinery were lying about.''
From one place or position to another in succession; (n-g).
''walking about''; ''rushing about''; ''jumping about''; ''thrashing about''
1769, ''King James Bible'', Oxford Standard text, ''(King James)/1 Timothy|1 Timothy'', v,13,
- And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
- He and Gerald usually challenged the rollers in a sponson canoe when Gerald was there for the weekend; or, when Lansing came down, the two took long swims seaward or cruised about in Gerald's dory, clad in their swimming-suits; and Selwyn's youth became renewed in a manner almost ridiculous,(nb..).
''messing about''; ''fooling about''; ''loafing about''
c.1590–1591, (w), ''Two Gentlemen of Verona|The Two Gentlemen of Verona''
- Therefore I know she is about my height.
- And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace
- Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.
1769, ''King James Bible'', Oxford Standard text, ''(King James)/Exodus|Exodus'', xxxii,28:
- And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men.
- “Heavens!” exclaimed Nina, “the blue-stocking and the fogy!—and yours ''are'' pale blue, Eileen!—you’re about as self-conscious as Drina—slumping there with your hair tumbling ''à la'' Mérode! Oh, it's very picturesque, of course, but a straight spine and good grooming is better.(nb..)”
To a reversed order; half round; facing in the opposite direction; from a contrary point of view. (defdate)
- Mr. Carter, whose back had been turned, turned about and faced his niece.
To the opposite tack. (defdate)
In succession; one after another; in the course of events. (defdate)
1818, James Hogg, published in ''The Scots Magazine'', Vol. 86, p. 218, "On the Life and Writings of James Hogg" https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=W-5HAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA128&dq=%22reading+verse+about+with+our+children%22 in the OED
- When he had finished, he drew his plaid around his head, and went slowly down to the little dell, where he used every day to offer up his morning and evening prayers, and where we have often sat together on Sabbath afternoons, reading verse about with our children in the Bible.
1886, Duncan Keith, ''A history of Scotland: civil and ecclesiastical from the earliest times to the death of David I, 1153'', Vol.1,
- Nothing daunted, the fleet put to sea, and after sailing about the island for some time, a landing was effected in the west of Munster.
Moving around; astir.
1898, (w), ''3|Moonfleet'',
- 'John, I have observed that you are often out and about of nights, sometimes as late as half past seven or eight.(nb..)'
In existence; being in evidence; apparent.
2005, IDG Communications, ''Digit'', Issues 89-94,
- Although it has been about for some time now, I like the typeface Sauna.
2006, Great Britain Parliament: House of Lords Science and Technology Committee, ''Energy: Meeting With Malcolm Wicks MP'',
- Is not this sudden interest in capturing CO2 — and it has been about for a little while — simply another hidey-hole for the government to creep into?
Near; in the vicinity or neighbourhood.
''I had my keys just a minute ago, so they must be about somewhere.''
''Watch out, there's a thief about.''