Milk it


2019-07-22 00:00

Summary

Rob’s looking for respect, kindness and sympathy. He won’t get it from Feifei who knows what he’s up to. She has the prefect phrase to use. Find out what it is and how you can use it in The English We Speak.

Transcript  

Feifei
Hello, this The English We Speak. I’m Feifei…

Rob
…and don’t you know who I am?! I am Rob.

Feifei
Yes, we all know that, Rob.

Rob
But I am THE Rob – Rob of The English We Speak. There is nobody else like me.

Feifei
Yeah, yeah, yeah - don’t milk it!

Rob
Eh? Come on, show me some respect. Ouch, I seem to have pulled a muscle – ooo, that hurts.

Feifei
Come on, Rob. You hardly moved.

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

Feifei
You are milking it again!

Rob
Feifei – what am I ‘milking’ exactly?

Feifei
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’.

Rob
Are you talking about me?

Feifei
Of course I am, Rob. Let’s hear some examples of other people ‘milking it’…

Examples
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!

Feifei
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?

Rob
I do, and I seemed to have recovered from pulled muscle but I’ve become so… thirsty, I was wondering…

Feifei
…if I could get you a drink of milk?

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

Feifei
You are milking it again, Rob. Actually, I’ve got just the thing for you. Hold on… Meet Daisy!

Daisy
Moo… moo…

Rob
A cow!!! How do I milk that?

Feifei
I’d start down there somewhere. Good luck.

Rob
Bye.

Daisy
Moo... moo...