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  • Hello, this The English We Speak.

  • I'm Feifei.

  • And...don't you know who I am?!

  • I am Rob.

  • Yes, we all know that, Rob.

  • But I am THE Rob - Rob of The English We Speak.

  • There is nobody else like me.

  • Yeah, yeah, yeah, don't milk it!

  • Eh? Come on, show me some respect.

  • Oh, I seem to have pulled a muscle. That hurts.

  • Come on, Rob. You hardly moved.

  • Ouch, it's in my lower back. It's so painful, I don't know if I can carry on.

  • You are milking it again!

  • Feifei, what am I "milking" exactly?

  • Everything! "To milk it" means to take full advantage of a situation usually to gain sympathy, respect, or kindness.

  • Sometimes, like Rob, you fake something to get attention.

  • That's when we say, "You're milking it."

  • Are you talking about me?

  • Of course I am, Rob. Let's hear some examples of other people "milking it."

  • OK, don't milk it, Sam! You've told me a hundred times you've got tickets for the World Cup final.

  • Tom's had a week off work with a cold. I think he's milking it now.

  • Since her promotion, Freya keeps bossing us around and telling us to call her "Miss Brown." She's really milking it!

  • You're listening to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English, and we're talking about the phrase "to milk it."

  • This means to take full advantage of a situation usually to gain sympathy, respect, or kindness.

  • So Rob, have you got what "milking it'" means?

  • I do, and I seemed to have recovered from my pulled muscle, but I've become so thirsty, I was wondering...

  • If I could get you a drink of milk?

  • No, Feifei. I was thinking more of a cup of coffee. You are so very kind and generous.

  • You are milking it again, Rob.

  • Actually, I've got just the thing for you.

  • Hold on...

  • Meet Daisy!

  • Moo... moo...

  • A cow!!! How do I milk that?

  • I'd start down there somewhere.

  • Good luck.

  • Bye.

  • Moo... moo...

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