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tally-ho Line breaks: tally-ho
Pronunciation: /talɪˈhəʊ/

Definition of tally-ho in English:


A huntsman’s cry to the hounds on sighting a fox.
Example sentences
  • I stood up in my stirrups as tall as I could get and shouted, "Tally ho!" at the top of my lungs.
  • I called "Tally ho" again, and watched with pleasure as Darter came bounding out of the underbrush behind me.
  • Giddyup is gone and tallyho is here… toss the cowboy hat and pull up the jodhpers, western evolves to English equestrian.

noun (plural tally-hos)

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1A cry of ‘tally-ho’: with a final tally-ho, they began wading forward
More example sentences
  • If we could offer a tip it would be to never say tally-ho, whatever the provocation.
  • Fair enough, a lot of the people marching at the weekend do like a bit of the old tally-ho.
  • Labour backbenchers are confident the last tally-ho will soon echo across Britain's countryside.
2 historical A fast horse-drawn coach.
Example sentences
  • They also took over similar services at all of the mountain hotels, the last, Glacier House in 1915 by which time they had 80 tally-hos, coaches, carriages and wagons and 146 head of driving horses.
  • Horses trotted through the dirt streets, pulling buckboards and tally-hos past slower-moving electrified trolley cars.
  • He jumped over the ropes and ran swiftly across the field, leaving Reggie to saunter along at his leisure, bowing to the ladies in the grandstand and on the tally-hos as he passed.

verb (tally-hoes, tally-hoing, tally-hoed)

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Utter a cry of ‘tally-ho’.
Example sentences
  • Relying on a load of riders tally-hoing randomly across the countryside can't possibly be effective on any realistic scale.
  • He was hale and hearty and tally-hoed after the fox for two hours.
  • The gameplay involves a lot of tally-hoing across the countryside in search of treasure, monsters, and all manner of mayhem.


Late 18th century: apparently an alteration of French taïaut, of unknown origin.

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