play phone tag

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play phone 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 phone tag today, huh? Just give me a call back whenever you get this, thanks!
See also: phone, play, tag
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Stacy said he played phone tag with someone from Kulongoski's office but they never spoke directly and he didn't know what the person was calling about.
The brothers from Simi Valley played phone tag until Wednesday afternoon, when Jeff reached his brother to congratulate him.
In the past, I would have played phone tag with the customer and many times lost an opportunity to close a deal.
Dodgers managing general partner Bob Daly and Scott Boras, agent for third baseman Adrian Beltre, played phone tag most of the day and didn't meet about a multiyear contract.