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1772, UK, probably alteration of French taïaut ‎(interjection used in deer-hunting),[1] from Middle French tahou, tayo, from Old French taho, ta ho, tielau ‎(interjection given to hounds to return) (second half of 13th century), composed of ta ‎(particle used to prod animals) + ho ! ‎(halt!, hold!).[2] More at ho.



  1. (Britain) used to urge on a fox hunt, especially when the fox is sighted.
    There he is! Coming out of that coppice! Tallyho tallyho tallyho!
  2. a simple greeting, exclusively used by the upper classes.
    Tallyho chaps! What's the time, anybody?
  3. (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, tallyho.

Usage notes[edit]

In aviation radio usage, typically abbreviated to tally. In civilian aviation usage, the official term for “traffic sighted” is “traffic in sight”.[3]


  • (target sighted): tally

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ tallyho” in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Online
  2. ^ Taïaut, Centre National de Ressources Textuelles et Lexicales
  3. ^ Federal Aviation Administration: Pilot/Controller Glossary (P/CG), T (Traffic)


tallyho ‎(plural tallyhos)

  1. the interjection.
    Alright, I'll give them the old tallyho.
  2. (dated) A pleasure coach.
    • 1900, Rebecca Sophia Clarke, Jimmy, Lucy, and All
      They could not come to-day; there would have been hardly room for them in the tallyho.


tallyho ‎(third-person singular simple present tallyhos, present participle tallyhoing, simple past and past participle tallyhoed)

  1. to articulate the interjection.
    I'll tallyho once we've got to the top.