Definition of telephone tag in English:

telephone tag

Syllabification: tel·e·phone tag

noun

informal
  • A situation in which two people trying to communicate by telephone continually miss each other.
    More example sentences
    • If the person you are trying to reach is unavailable, leave a complete message including when you will be reachable so that you don't play telephone tag with one another.
    • But, like any good game of telephone tag, the truth and the rumors gelled together to make a big old stew of speculation.
    • First, a game of telephone tag: he promises to call back but forgets and ends up text-messaging me in the middle of the night to confirm.

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