phone tag


Examples of phone tag in a Sentence

“Have you talked to your sister about the party yet?” “No, we've been playing phone tag all week.”
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Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of phone tag was in 1984

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“Phone tag.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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