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- (Britain) Used as a mild intensifier: very (almost exclusively used by the upper classes).
- Up and over to victory! Tally ho!
- (radio, aviation) Target sighted.
- (Air Traffic Control): Speedbird 123, New York, traffic at two o’clock, seven miles, a Boeing 737, west-bound, at 4000 feet.”
- (Pilot): New York, Speedbird 123, tally.
- (target sighted): tallyho
tally (plural tallies)
- Originally, a piece of wood on which notches or scores were cut, as the marks of number;
- Later, one of two books, sheets of paper, etc., on which corresponding accounts were kept.
- Hence, any account or score kept by notches or marks, whether on wood or paper, or in a book, especially one kept in duplicate.
2011 September 2, Phil McNulty, “Bulgaria 0-3 England”, in BBC:
- Bulgaria, inevitably, raised the tempo in the opening moments of the second half and keeper Joe Hart was forced into his first meaningful action to block a deflected corner - but England were soon threatening to add to their goal tally.
- One thing made to suit another; a match; a mate.
- They were framed the tallies for each other.
- A notch, mark, or score made on or in a tally; as, to make or earn a score or tally in a game.
- A tally shop.
- A ribbon on a sailor's cap bearing the name of the ship or the (part of) the navy to which they belong.
piece of wood with notches or scores
one of two books on which corresponding accounts were kept
any account or score kept by notches or marks
tally shop — see tally shop
- (transitive) To count something.
- (transitive) To record something by making marks.
- (transitive) To make things correspond or agree with each other.
- Alexander Pope
- They are not so well tallied to the present juncture.
- Alexander Pope
- (intransitive) To keep score.
- (intransitive) To correspond or agree.
- I found pieces of tiles that exactly tallied with the channel.
- Your idea […] tallies exactly with mine.
- (nautical) To check off, as parcels of freight going inboard or outboard.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of W. C. Russell to this entry?)
to count something
to record something
to make things correspond
to correspond or agree
- (obsolete) In a tall way; stoutly; with spirit.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)