Definition of Phone Tag

When two people are trying to call each other at different times, but they both keep missing each other's calls. For example, person A calls person B, but person B does not pick up. Then an hour later, person B calls person A, and person A does not pick up. That would be an example of phone tag.

Example: Sorry I missed your call. We're playing phone tag, so let's just save time by scheduling a time over email that works for both of us.

Variations: playing phone tag


Usage of "Phone Tag" by Country

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Jargonism is a Business English dictionary. You can learn about words and phrases that are commonly used in the workplace like Circle Back, Thought Leader, and Offsite. We also have a Word of the Day, which is a daily Business English vocabulary word that is commonly used in the workplace.

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Date: 09/25/2021

Word: Close It Out

Definition: To mark something as completed.

Example: This task has been fixed, so let's close it out within the task tracker.