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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

telephone tag

A series of telephone calls made between two people in which each time one party calls, the other is not available to answer. Hi Mary, just leaving you another message. We've had a bit of telephone tag today, huh? Just give me a call back whenever you get this, thanks!
See also: tag, telephone

*on the telephone

 and *on the phone
Fig. speaking on the telephone. (*Typically: be ~; get ~.) She's on the phone but won't be long. Please take a seat while I'm on the phone. Get on the phone and call him back immediately!
See also: on, telephone

telephone something in (to someone)

to call someone on the telephone, usually to give particular information. (The person called is in a special location, such as one's workplace or headquarters.) I will telephone my report in to my secretary. I telephoned in my report. I will telephone it in tomorrow.
See also: telephone

Who do you want?

 and Who do you want to talk to?; Who do you want to speak to?; Who do you wish to speak to?; Who do you wish to talk to?
Who do you want to speak to over the telephone? (All these questions can also begin with whom. Compare this with With whom do you wish to speak?) Sue: Wilson residence. Who do you want to speak to? Bill: Hi, Sue. I want to talk to you. Tom (answering the phone): Hello? Sue: Hello, who is this? Tom: Who do you wish to speak to? Sue: Is Sally there? Tom: Just a minute.
See also: who
References in classic literature ?
But it gave him at least a starting-point, and he forthwith commenced his quest of the telephone.
Hubbard--to become Bell's chief spokesman and defender, a true apostle of the telephone.
It seemed almost probable that the tragic end of our talk over the telephone had been caused by the sudden arrival and as sudden violence of Barney Maguire.
I should judge it about time to telephone for the police.
On getting out of bed that morning he had fully made up his mind to ignore what had been said the night before; he had been convinced, by the sight of Denham, that his love for Katharine was passionate, and when he addressed her early that morning on the telephone, he had meant his cheerful but authoritative tones to convey to her the fact that, after a night of madness, they were as indissolubly engaged as ever.
Tell her that she must arise and slip something about her and come to the telephone.
Across the room from him Tarzan saw Olga seated before a little desk on which stood her telephone.
The telephone upon the table tinkled out a summons.
The telephone rang all the time; the place was besieged with brokers.
An instant later I heard through the telephone a muffled thud, as if his head had fallen forward on the desk.
just as he had heard it in the telephone receiver, sounded in his ears the words, "On my honor as a gentleman.
Martin went to the telephone in the corner of the room, and felt a wave of warmth rush through him as he heard Ruth's voice.
Let me pawn my rings," the Ancient Mariner had urged, not for the first time, over the telephone.
You know a telephone card, I suppose, when you see one
Saxon talked with the lineman, following him about, till one o'clock, when he looked at his watch, said good bye, and returned to his task of putting in a telephone for the latest immigrant from the Azores.