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  • Feifei: Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak.

  • I'm Feifei and with me is Neil.

  • Neil: Hi there.

  • Feifei: Neil, what are you doing sitting down?

  • Neil: Presenting this programmelike we always do

  • Feifei: You clearly don't know about our new

  • healthy working policyno more sitting down

  • standing up is better for you!

  • Neil: Oh, alright then, I'll stand up if I have to.

  • Feifei: Oh, Neil! No drinking coffee in the studio.

  • Health and safety!

  • Obviously, you missed our meeting about the new healthy working policy.

  • You are clearly out of the loop.

  • Neil: What?

  • There's a loop I have to stand in now?

  • Feifei: No, Neil. You missed our meeting

  • where we discussed the new healthy working policy,

  • and now you're out of the loop.

  • It means you don't have,

  • or are not aware of the knowledge

  • a particular group of people do have.

  • In other words, you've missed out on something.

  • Neil: Oh, I hate missing out on things.

  • We'd better hear some examples so I can be 'in the loop'

  • about this English phrase.

  • Examples: I've been out of the loop since I went on holiday.

  • I didn't know Geeta and Bilal had got engaged!

  • They kept me out of the loop,

  • so it was a shock to discover that they were moving our sales team to Birmingham!

  • Please keep me in the loop if you have

  • any more discussions about the building work.

  • Thanks!

  • Feifei: This is The English We Speak from BBC Learning English.

  • And we're hearing about the phrase 'out of the loop',

  • which describes not having, or not being aware of the

  • knowledge a particular group of people do have.

  • The opposite is being 'in the loop'.

  • But Neil, you are out of the loop.

  • Neil: Yes, yes, yes. You've made that clear.

  • I missed the meeting and I don't know about this stupid

  • 'healthy working policy'.

  • Feifei: Where were you anyway?

  • Neil: Down at the café. You know,

  • having a big fry-up.

  • Eggs, bacon, sausages!

  • Delicious!

  • Feifei: So unhealthy!

  • That's got to stop.

  • Come on, Neil!

  • Neil: Where are we going?

  • Feifei: We're going for a lunchtime run

  • with the rest of the team.

  • It's part of our new healthy working policy!

  • Neil: Urghh!

  • I think I'd rather stay out of the loop from now on.

  • Both: Bye!

Feifei: Hello, and welcome to The English We Speak.

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