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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!
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Families can have confidential discussions about a loved one without playing phone tag or using unfitting platforms such as Facebook.
8220;We want to free business owners from the hassle of scheduling and let them focus on what they love… working with their customers and growing their business, not playing phone tag and never ending email strings trying to find mutually available appointment times.
No playing phone tag or trying to find a convenient time that works for both of you to meet.
Simon has placed a call in to the chairman of selectors to see what's going on but they've been playing phone tag," Katich's manager, Robert Joske, said.
After days of playing phone tag, then haggling about money, the school offered me a partial refund, which I'm going to take and run.
After playing phone tag for over a week, I finally connected with Jerry Hoover of Iowa Droptine Outfitters located in Guthrie Center.
Playing phone tag incessantly with the doctor's office to try to get through to schedule an appointment or seek advice
Employees find IM eliminates the oft-times irritating practice of playing phone tag, while companies find the practice beneficial because it offloads traffic from corporate e-mail and phone systems.
E-mail helps you communicate quickly and effectively, helping you avoid frequent or long-winded meetings, or the annoyance of playing phone tag.
Sometimes the most exercise I get is playing phone tag.
I would then have to go through the lengthy process of interrupting my patient time to talk to staff explaining the proper response to the request, or I would have to contact the patient myself and run the risk of playing phone tag all day.
For example, a Web-deployed human resource information system will allow employees to look up needed information for themselves instead of playing phone tag with an overburdened human resources staff.
People waste a lot of time playing phone tag when they could be delivering information," he says.
Compared to the traditional, painful process of playing phone tag with multiple venues and waiting for quotes, using eVenues offers an easier, quicker and more cost effective way to book meeting and event space.