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tallyho

[tal-ee-hoh for 1; tal-ee-hoh for 2–5]
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noun, plural tal·ly·hos.
  1. Chiefly British. a mail coach or a four-in-hand pleasure coach.
  2. a cry of “tallyho.”
interjection
  1. the cry of a hunter on first sighting the fox.
verb (used with object), tal·ly·hoed or tal·ly·ho'd, tal·ly·ho·ing.
  1. to arouse by crying “tallyho,” as to the hounds.
verb (used without object), tal·ly·hoed or tal·ly·ho'd, tal·ly·ho·ing.
  1. to utter a cry of “tallyho.”

Origin of tallyho

1750–60; compare French tayau hunter's cry
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Historical Examples

  • Tallyho desired him to step in, and required to know his business.

    Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II.

    Pierce Egan

  • At this moment the sound of music attracted the ears of Tallyho.

  • "This is a deplorable picture of the state of things, indeed," said Tallyho.

  • "To you," replied Tallyho, who was much pleased by this accession to their society.

  • They overtook the tallyho and slowed up that they need not startle the horses.

    Bobs, a Girl Detective

    Grace May North


Word Origin and History for tallyho

huntsman's cry, 1772, earlier said to be the name of a roistering character, Sir Toby Tallyho (1756), from French taiaut, cry used in deer hunting (1660s), from Old French taho, tielau. Meaning "fast coach" is from 1823, originally in reference to the one that made the run from London to Birmingham.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper