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Tally-ho is a very old traditional cry made by the huntsman to tell others the quarry has been sighted. Also 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.
In the United States Tally-ho can describe a large coach or a light passenger vehicle without roof or sides used for sight-seeing.
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!".
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- Tally-ho, noun, 2a. Oxford English Dictionary online accessed 31 March 2018
- Tally-ho, noun, 2b. Oxford English Dictionary online accessed 31 March 2018
- "Merriam-Webster Dictionary - Tallyho". Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Referenced May 19, 2008.
- "Taïaut", Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales (in French)