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When someone tries to bypass an awkward situation when they're around people they have nothing to say to by pretending to be busy doing something with their cell phone. In fact, they know they're just looking at old text messages and lightly tapping the buttons or something.

Generally for people who don't know how to make idle conversation.
(One person is on the elevator when another person they KINDA know steps on)

Jim: Hi Sue, nice weather we're having.

Sue: Yeah it sure is!

....(awkward silence)

(both pull out their cell phones and stare at them blankly until the elevator reaches a stop)

(Bob who knows them both enters)

Bob: The old hiding in your cellphone trick eh? Doesn't anyone know how to make small talk anymore?
by Justaguy295720957 July 21, 2009
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