phone tag

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Main Entry:  phone tag
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  a situation in which two callers are trying to reach each other but instead reach voicemail and leave messages instead
Example:  She played phone tag with her father for a week.
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Example sentences
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.
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