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phone tag

noun Unabridged
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  • It will eliminate unnecessary travel, endless hold queues and phone tag.
  • The user's request is transmitted to the library sooner than it would be if you had to wait for a note or play phone tag.
  • Days in the truck were spent playing phone tag with people who might be willing to donate money for shipping.
  • She and the last provider, the appellant said, had been playing phone tag and hadn't been able to get together.
  • Checking the status of a requisition will no longer involve playing phone tag.
Contemporary definitions for phone tag

a situation in which two callers are trying to reach each other but instead reach voicemail and leave messages instead


She played phone tag with her father for a week.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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phone tag

noun phrase

A repetitive cycle of telephoning, leaving messages, missing replies, etc •Referring to the pervasive round-robin of messages left and phone calls missed: ''Having computers in our volunteers' homes has eliminated phone tag,'' says Power (1990s+)



To signal one's intentions, often inadvertently: The tone of her voice telegraphed it (1925+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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