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    they're about to

    A paper owner is busy discussing some front page stuff. One employee shows up and reports:
    -- Mr. Jameson there's a page six problem.
    -- We have a page one problem, shut up.
    The employee leaves but in a couple of seconds shows again and says:
    -- These are really important clients, they can't wait.
    -- They're about to.
    Spider-Man, movie

    Does he mean:
    1. They're about to wait anyway.
    2. They're about to be recieved by me.
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    Re: they're about to

    They're about to wait anyway. This construction always continues the thought in the sentence it responds to:
    A: They can't wait!
    B: They're about to [wait, whether or not they think they can.]
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