from The 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.'


  • 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.

    Football Days Memories of the Game and of the Men behind the Ball

  • '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.'

    Five Little Peppers and their Friends

  • 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.

    Samantha at the World's Fair


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.’