One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be aware of the implications of one's actions or of a situation, and of how best to deal with them.
- ‘That's the key, you need to know what you are about.’
- ‘But, now you are here, may I ask if you know what you are about?’
- ‘He knew early on what he was about.’
- ‘In time the truth will emerge but to win big contracts you have to know what you are about.’
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