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- (UK) 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”, 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.
piece of wood with notches or scores
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 make things correspond
to correspond or agree
nautical: to check of
- (obsolete) In a tall way; stoutly; with spirit.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Beaumont and Fletcher to this entry?)