from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of a series of marks used in recording the number, as of articles sold and delivered, usually the 5th, 10th, 15th, etc., of a series. See tally, 3.
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Ten days ago, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani was just another nameless person on death row, a tally-mark in the ledgers of a remote Iranian prison waiting to be brutally erased.
On a piece of paper he noted each hundred dollars with a tally-mark.