phone tag

noun

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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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The two men played phone tag and eventually agreed to meet at Greenstreet, a popular Coconut Grove cafe, but Greenberg stood him up. David Smiley And Glenn Garvin, miamiherald, "Mystery Miamian tied to Trump probe had many names, foul mouth, 2 DUI busts," 19 June 2018 After a week of phone tag, the Redskins scout finally got ahold of Towns, asking him to come up to D.C. for a workout. Jared Boyd, AL.com, "Alabama man fulfills dream to attend med school after stint in NFL," 6 Mar. 2018 Here was Kasich at his most political, talking to Weaver on the phone; fielding a call from Rick Santorum, who was urging him to support the Republican plan; playing phone tag with Chris Christie; and counting votes from the front seat of the car. Lisa Miller, Daily Intelligencer, "John Kasich Is Already Running," 29 Oct. 2017 Survival also depended on phone tag between nursing-home administrators, state officials and utility providers. chicagotribune.com, "Officials at nursing home where 8 died say they called Florida Gov. Rick Scott 3 times for help," 16 Sep. 2017 Survival also depended on phone tag between nursing-home administrators, state officials and utility providers. Author: Aaron C. Davis, Katie Zezima, Mark Berman, Alaska Dispatch News, "Florida nursing home defends its post-Irma actions, says it called governor," 16 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of phone tag

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of phone tag was in 1984

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