away from (one's) desk

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away from (one's) desk

Not at one's desk at a particular time. This phrase is typically said in an office environment on another person's behalf (as by a receptionist or assistant). I'm sorry, Mr. Medina is away from his desk right now. Can I take a message?
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*away from one's desk

Fig. not available for a telephone conversation; not available to be seen or spoken to. (Sometimes said by the person who answers a telephone in an office. It means that the person whom the caller wants is not immediately available due to personal or business reasons. *Typically: be ~; Step ~.) I'm sorry, but Ann is away from her desk just now. Can you come back later? Tom has stepped away from his desk, but if you leave your number, he will call you right back.
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References in classic literature ?
Here was the truth, here was reality, here was the life that belonged to him; and he, who fancied himself so scornful of arbitrary restraints, had been afraid to break away from his desk because of what people might think of his stealing a holiday!
Casaubon being unenjoying and impatient in everything away from his desk, and wanting to get to the end of all journeys; and Dorothea was now bowled along quickly.
Recio, who earned 50,000 euros a year, insisted he worked "like a slave" away from his desk, doing "documentation work".
Bean-counters in then Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald's office warned decisions on payments should be kept well away from his desk.
In a statement, the central bank said, 'The bank should identify such highly sensitive positions where the bank will, without any prior intimation, advise the employee to be away from his desk for a specified number of working days each year.'
Verma was finally terminated from employment, 24 years after he walked away from his desk. The article didn't say if Verma's pension rights became irrevocably vested during that time.
away from his desk. He's creating super-monsters with his black
Dr Tissington said that he ensures to get away from his desk at lunchtime and deliberately chooses to get lunch from different places - varying his route to get there.
AN OFFICE worker from the Midlands is breaking away from his desk to take on the Three Peaks Challenge for charity.
"Occasionally, I have to jump on the phone or remote into a client's server but the vast majority of my work is in a management role." Away from his desk, Richard enjoys scuba diving and is a member of a club in Lutterworth.
However, Redknapp's impromptu departure and the fact that Newcastle chairman Chris Mort was away from his desk - club owner Mike Ashley is currently in Hong Kong - added fuel to the fire as the former West Hamboss was backed down to an overwhelming 1/7 favourite with Ladbrokes.
This is particularly so since, as you also reported, Mr Davies, as president of an organisation representing senior managers at all 468 UK local authorities, is likely to be away from his desk - as he already has been as vice-president - on visits abroad.
Chief executive Bruce Langham resigned last month after barely a year in the role and now Ellis is certain to be away from his desk for several weeks.
When he sat in that chair away from his desk, he disciplined himself only to listen.
One day my boss asked me to be in his office just before mid-day, and I was told to sit on a chair away from his desk.