phone tag


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phone tag

n.
A series of unsuccessful calls exchanged by two people who are attempting to contact each other by telephone.

tel′ephone tag`


n.
repeated unsuccessful attempts by two persons to connect with each other by telephone.
[1975–80]
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It reduces "labor intensiveness" because researchers are not forced to play "phone tag" with trial participants.
It reduces "labour intensiveness" because researchers are not forced to play "phone tag" with trial participants.
Despite advances in technology in other sectors, home healthcare is still predominantly relying on phone tag, paper schedules and job boards to recruit and manage their caregivers.
Nelson Marlborough DHB clinical director of information systems and local GP Bev Nicolls said it meant less time chasing results and playing "phone tag" with other doctors.
They also hate phone tag and long lines at the TSA (the latter will not be covered in this column).
Several readers tell of weekends spent tending to a death in the family, an emergency ovarian surgery or an ICU-bound father that devolved into games of "phone tag" with bosses "irate" at the lack of a prompt response to a client's Saturday morning email.
Instead of playing phone tag or spinning a long email string trying to schedule a meeting, consider saving time by using a tool like timetrade.
I talk to the experts without wasting valuable time and energy playing phone tag. No one enjoys that game.
the phone tag for another generation, or do you just give up and move to
“We want to free business owners from the hassle of scheduling and let them focus on what they love… working with their customers and growing their business, not playing phone tag and never ending email strings trying to find mutually available appointment times.”