Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A stick upon which an account is kept by means of notches; a tally. See tally, 1.

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Examples

  • Sinan gracefully accepted Hildegart as his new concubine, and taught her the abacus and the tally-stick.

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  • The fantastic notion that the stethoscope was that sort of tally-stick nagged and nagged at me.

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  • When the arrow of the water-clock registered the moment of the change from one division into another, the Cock-man on duty struck the appropriate tally-stick on a stone set for that purpose beside the door of the Palace.

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  • My tally-stick gave the thirteenth of September as the date of our arrival at Howard's Creek.

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  • Another notch had to be cut in the tally-stick of my ornithological journey -- I had learned how the whip-poor-will takes his nocturnal dinner of moths and beetles, and I felt that there was still such a thing as news to be gathered in birdland.

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  • If the "chief" is not found among the disks, the side to which the unsuccessful guesser belongs loses a point, and the messenger takes from the small mat a tally-stick and stands it at the end of the row of players on the opposite side.

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  • He could not take back a tally-stick that had been won by a guess unless all the tally-sticks had been taken from the small mat.

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  • If that guess should be by a player on the side that had just lost a point, and the guess prove to be successful -- that is, the pile pointed at contain the "chief" -- then the messenger takes the tally-stick that had been put at the end of the row of the opposite side and stands it in front of the successful guesser.

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  • As soon as the foreman (dressed in a blouse and high boots, and carrying a tally-stick) caught sight of

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  • Nowadays, when there wasn't much in the way of coined money in the village, Hanbil sold his brew by tally - you brought in a bushel of barley, a bunch of hops, a dozen eggs, some pork or chicken, and he would reckon up how much in 'real" money that represented and put it on a tally-stick for you.

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