: telephoning back and forth by parties trying to reach each other without success
Examples of telephone tag in a Sentence
We've been playing telephone tag—she's always out when I call, and vice versa.
Recent Examples on the WebNot that there aren’t plenty of excuses for slipping up, given the immensity of the task and its attendant glitches – the outdated lists, the telephone tag, the last-minute head-count changes.
Mary Beth Mccauley, The Christian Science Monitor, 1 Nov. 2019
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