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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The team behind it said it highlighted the health benefits of workers being able to get away from their desks for a short time.
Many of the 27,000 portable computers given out in an attempt to keep them away from their desks are ineffective because they lack the right programs, she said.
Delivering meals gives volunteers a chance to get away from their desks and reach out to a community in need.
ONE in four workers cannot bear to be away from their desks for longer than an hour in case they miss an important call ore-mail,according to a new report.
This will reportedly enable finance professionals to work effectively while away from their desks.
Housing and social work staff also say the open-plan layout will make client confidentiality impossible, files will be stored too far away from their desks and the offices are too small to accommodate everyone.
The largest area of potential growth for wireless data service is the mobile worker - white and blue collar workers who spend at least 5% of their time away from their desks, according to a study by Business Research Group (BRG).
NPCs allow users to keep their most important business and personal data in their vest pockets or purses when they are away from their desks, as well as transfer and synchronize data between the home and office.
A TEAM of number crunchers ventured away from their desks to take on an unusual team building challenge.
EDF employs 1,200 staff and its workers have special break-out areas where staff can get away from their desks to relax, a gym and fitness area, a library and a range of other features.