play telephone tag

play telephone tag

To engage in a series of telephone calls with another person in which each time one party calls, the other is not available to answer. Hi Mary, just leaving you another message. We've been playing a bit of telephone tag today, huh? Just give me a call back whenever you get this, thanks!
See also: play, tag, telephone
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It has launched a secure, online portal called ENHfirst, where patients not only have 24-hour access to their medical information, but they can ask their physician questions, schedule appointments, request prescription refills, get test results and pay bills without having to play telephone tag.
Employees make fewer calls because they don't have to play telephone tag.
Now editors on deadline don't have to play telephone tag looking for more information.