Como dizer "brincar de gato e rato" em inglês

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Pessoa A: Cara, já te liguei umas cinco vezes hoje! Uma hora você estava em reunião, na outra tinha saído pra almoçar, tá difícil te encontrar, heim?
Pessoa B: Mas eu retornei todas as vezes, e também nunca te encontrava! Parece até que estávamos brincando de gato e rato!

Brincar de gato e rato: ficar “fugindo” um do outro, muito usado na situação citada acima, quando uma pessoa procura outra e não encontra, e vice-versa.

Em inglês = ?
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I do not understand where phone tag came into the discussion, but one meaning of to play cat and mouse is to toy with someone or something before destroying it as the cat will let the mouse rum a little and then with its paw, bat it back and so on until it finally kills it. The expression of course doesn't literally mean "to kill". . It is usually when someone has the upper hand (the advantage) and just plays with the person until he is ready to "lower the boom", to take the advantage he has. For example, someone who is really good at playing chess, may make some easy moves to make the other poorer player think he has a chance at winning and then he makes the winning move. He is playing cat and mouse with the unsuspecting chess partner. It could apply to any situation where someone who knows he will get what he wants in the end, plays cat and mouse for awhile before dominating the situation.

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Playing a cat and mouse game/a game of cat and mouse.

http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Sherlock_H ... of_Shadows

- Sherlock Holmes: Has all my instruction been for naught? [pours] You still read the official statement and believe it. It’s a game, dear man, a shadowy game. We’re playing cat and mouse, the professor and I. Cloak and dagger.

- Dr. John Watson: I thought it was spider and fly. [reads the label of the bottle Holmes has been pouring from]

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Achei no The Free Dictionary

play cat and mouse
2. to try to find someone who is hiding from you Border agents played cat and mouse with people trying to enter the country illegally.

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Pessoa A: Cara, já te liguei umas cinco vezes hoje! Uma hora você estava em reunião, na outra tinha saído pra almoçar, tá difícil te encontrar, heim?
Pessoa B: Mas eu retornei todas as vezes, e também nunca te encontrava! Parece até que estávamos brincando de gato e rato!

Person B: I did returned your calls but I couldn't get ya! It seems that we were "playing phone tagging!"

In English: "Playing phone tagging"

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I do not remember hearing To play phone tagging, but To play phone tag is common.

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Thomas, You're right! My bad, I had a question in my head!

The right expression is "playing phone tag" as you said!

Thanks for the correction!

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