And yesterday, after a few rounds of phone tag, she spent seven minutes on the line with a contrite President Obama.
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.
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+)