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Tally-ho is a very old traditional cry made by the huntsman to tell others the quarry has been sighted. It may also be used with directions, including "away" and "back".
First used in fox-hunting, it was adapted in the 19th century to describe some horse-drawn vehicles and in the 20th century to advise of enemy aircraft and space junk.
Tally-ho dates from around 1772, and is probably derived from the French taïaut, a cry used to excite hounds when hunting deer.
Taïaut may have originated in the second half of the 13th century by the concatenation of a two-word war-cry: taille haut. "Taille" is the cutting edge of a sword and "haut" means high or 'raised up'. So the original meaning might be something close to "Swords up!".
In the United States, "tally-ho" can describe a large coach or a light passenger vehicle without roof or sides used for sight-seeing.
- "Merriam-Webster Dictionary - Tallyho". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Referenced May 19, 2008.
- "Taïaut", Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales (in French)
- Harwood, William (2002-06-07). "Endeavour arrives at the International Space Station". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
- Tally-ho, noun, 2a. Oxford English Dictionary online accessed 31 March 2018
- Tally-ho, noun, 2b. Oxford English Dictionary online accessed 31 March 2018