play phone tag

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play phone 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 phone tag today, huh? Just give me a call back whenever you get this, thanks!
See also: phone, play, tag
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"They don't want to spend all their day in our waiting room, and they want to be able to get in touch with their physicians and not play phone tag with the front office staff.
Off and on over the next week I continued to leave messages and play phone tag with Mr.
Because phone calls create more phone calls" as providers and patients play phone tag, he explained.
I'm away from my desk a lot, and with e-mail, I get information faster because I no longer have to play phone tag."
I'm happy to play phone tag for weeks on end in order to avoid actually talking, let alone meeting, with someone.