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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As one of the world's largest law firms, it is essential for us to remain connected to clients and colleagues while away from our desks, out of the office or in the courtroom," said Chad Manaton, IT Systems Manager, Holland & Knight LLP.
Even 10 minutes away from our desks can make a dramatic difference to the rest of the day.