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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

be on the ˈtelephone/ˈphone


1 be using the telephone: Mr Perkins is on the telephone but he’ll be with you in a moment.You’re wanted (= somebody wants to speak to you) on the telephone.
2 (British English) have a telephone in your home or place of work: They live on a small island and are not on the phone.
See also: on, phone, telephone
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7) mutta kuule ma soitan sitte tolle Leenalle jakerron sille et 'mais ecoute alors je vais telephoner a Leena et {je} vais lui dire que' (fi081)
beaucoup plus grand que] De son cote, un responsable de la securite routiere releve les infractions commises par des conducteurs sur la route, notamment cacher le portable sous le foulard pour pouvoir telephoner sans etre reperees.
A condition de disposer du reseau de militants pour frapper aux portes et telephoner aux electeurs.
Il est choque : la nuit, le jour il ne cesse de me telephoner il n'arrete pas de pleurer il ne voulait pas m'eborgner il donnerait tout ce qu'il n'a pas pour revenir a autrefois sans moi il n'est plus rien il mene une vie de chien au lieu de se languir il prefere en finir il va desormais travailler il ne va plus nous endetter.
A Paris, la presidence francaise a annonce que le chef de l'Etat Nicolas Sarkozy allait telephoner a Mme Merkel a la mi-journee.
Pour telephoner, il fallait alors appeler de chez le voisin ou encore l'epicier du coin.
Avant de prononcer son allocution, Obama compte telephoner a son predecesseur, a dit Gibbs.
The technological revolution has flattened the Earth and turned those of us who were once typists and telephoners into technophiles and technophobes, social networkers and tweeters.