Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name for a mail-coach or a four-in-hand pleasure coach; by extension, in the United States, a general name for such coaches.
- n. A hunting cry: a mere exclamation.
- v. To urge or excite, as hounds, by crying 'Tally-ho.'
Tallyho originated around 1773 as a hunting cry. In the early 1800s, it was the proper name of a passenger day-coach, or, in railroading, an ‘ordinary passenger-car. . .as distinguished from a sleeping-car,’ that traveled between London and Birmingham, and came to refer to any fast coach. In the U.S., tallyho came to refer to the four-in-hand coach, ‘a vehicle drawn by four horses driven by one person.’
“We went out to Jarvis field on a tallyho from Boston, and I recall how eagerly we dashed upon the field, anxious for the scrap to begin.”
“Oh, no, he hasn't,' declared Frick, shaking his head dismally; 'we haven't any of us seen him, and Larry's been run over by Mr. MacIlvaine's tallyho, and 'most smashed to death.”
“And all sorts of gorgeous carriages that wuz ever seen or hearn on, and carts, and wagons, and buggies, from a tallyho coach to a invalid's chair and a wheelbarrow, and from a toboggan to a bicycle, and palanquins of Japan, China, India, and Africa.”