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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They also hate phone tag and long lines at the TSA (the latter will not be covered in this column).
I talk to the experts without wasting valuable time and energy playing phone tag.
the phone tag for another generation, or do you just give up and move to
8220;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.
No playing phone tag or trying to find a convenient time that works for both of you to meet.
Instant Messaging Users can send and receive instant messages to their corporate contacts and colleagues as one-on-one or group conversations, avoiding phone tag and lengthy delays on email responses.
Among many other Unified Communications capabilities, it also includes the Unified Communications capability of Instant Messaging which allows users to send and receive instant messages to their corporate contacts and colleagues as one-on-one or group conversations and thus , avoid phone tag and long delays on email responses.
Avoiding phone tag -- either when making an appointment or getting information -- is another perk.
This usually means my secretary fills out the initial paperwork, the request gets denied, and then, after a series of faxes and phone tag that can take days to weeks, I get on the phone with a physician somewhere else in the world who is purportedly helping me make better patient care decisions.
Simon has placed a call in to the chairman of selectors to see what's going on but they've been playing phone tag," Katich's manager, Robert Joske, said.
When staff knows where to find patients, one another and equipment, organizations eliminate time-consuming walking surveys, overhead paging, phone tag and interruptions, creating a more efficient and cost-effective operation.