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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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The portal has a “family forum” that mimics the “dinner table meeting” approach where family members can be invited for confidential discussions about a loved one to help families gain input without playing telephone tag and mixed messages.
Some we are playing telephone tag with, we are trying to chase.
They not only answer my phones and take messages, but they save me a great amount of time playing telephone tag with experts and clients.
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This would avoid wasted hours playing telephone tag, improve documentation of physician-patient interaction, and increase physician time when face-to-face visits are necessary
Being put on hold, playing telephone tag, and engaging in the usual chit-chat that accompanies most business calls can add up to the loss of a staggering amount of time.
If not, make a telephone appointment to avoid playing telephone tag.
Nearly every business person knows the horrors of playing telephone tag.
Administrative savings can be achieved by reducing the number of written memos and message slips and the time spent playing telephone tag.
They don't waste time playing telephone tag or trying to decipher people's harrid scribblings.
In addition to the actual cost of the denials, we are well aware of the substantial administrative cost of playing telephone tag, and faxing and re-faxing the same information only to hear that the information was never received.
Customers can see the status of their orders -- when placed, when in production and when shipped -- without playing telephone tag.
If you ignore the intangible benefits and focus on the quantifiable benefits alone, such as the time saved compared to processing faxes, filing documents, and playing telephone tag, you can document that email introduces clear, substantial cash savings.