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    I've been about too long

    i was reading the house of mirth by Edith Wharton:
    i have found this line difficult to understand :"I've been about too long" , could u help me and explaint what the author means by it?

    "You don't know how much I need such a friend," she said. "My aunt is full of copy-book axioms, but they were all meant to apply to conduct in the early fifties. I always feel that to live up to them would include wearing book-muslin with gigot sleeves. And the other womenómy best friendsówell, they use me or abuse me; but they don't care a straw what happens to me. I've been about too longópeople are getting tired of me; they are beginning to say I ought to marry."

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    Re: I've been about too long

    Quote Originally Posted by monodose View Post
    I've been about too long
    It means "I've been around too long". "Around" is probably more common these days.
    "about/around here/around these people, this place"
    "Stand around/about; hang around/about".


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    Re: I've been about too long

    I get it now
    thank you :)

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