The phrase Tally-ho is a largely British phrase, used in foxhunting, shouted when a rider sees the fox.


Tally-ho dates from around 1772 and is probably derived from the French taïaut, meaning a cry used to excite hounds when hunting deer.

Tally-ho is also used as another way of saying "goodbye".

Tally-ho is also used in the Northern Indian countryside for provoking and alerting dogs. This is pronounced in India as leo-ho. Most probably the British Colonists introduced this word to Indian people. Later on it became interchangeable with choo, with the same meaning as leo-ho.

Other uses

Air forces

In addition to its use in foxhunting, this expression became commonly used during the Second World War by English-speaking fighter pilots to say that an enemy aircraft has been sighted.

Tally-ho is the squadron motto of 609 (West Riding) Squadron, a famous British World War II fighter squadron. 609 (WR) Sqn RAuxAF still exists today, having been reformed in 1998 at Royal Air Force Station Leeming in North Yorkshire, England, UK.

The phrase is also the motto of the US Air Forces 604th ASOS (Air Support Operations Squadron) Headquartered in Uijong-bu South Korea.

Air traffic control

This phrase has since been used by civilian pilots in response to traffic advisories provided by air traffic controllers (ATC). The pilot's response "Tally" or "Tally-ho" tells air traffic controllers that the pilot has seen the air traffic in question. For example:

ATC: "ABC aircraft identifier, traffic at two o'clock, seven miles, a Boeing 737, west-bound, at 4000 feet."''
Pilot: "ABC, Tally-ho."

Note that while in common use, this phrase is not in the official FAA Pilot-Controller Glossary.


A four-in-hand coach, named the Tally-ho, was a coach that once plied between London and Birmingham.

Also, the brand name of a large sightseeing carriage used by the Crescent Stables and Livery in Eureka Springs, Arkansas in the late 1800's and early 1900's.


Tally-Ho is brand of self-rolled cigarette papers available in Australia. They are by far the most common brand and as such the phrase "Tally-ho" is synonymous with the papers and used interchangeably, for example, "Please sir, may I have a pouch of ready-rubbed tobacco and a packet of Tally-Ho?" would be expressed as a short instruction: "A pouch of ready-rubbed and some Tally ho's, thanks".

Tally-Ho is also a brand of poker-sized playing cards manufactured by the US Playing Card Company.


Tally Ho is also a term NASA uses during audio transmissions between the space shuttle crews and mission control to identify space objects, or unknown space debris that appears on camera or to the crew within visual range.

Square dancing

Tally-ho is also a square dance call in Modern Western square dance at the C1 (Challenge 1) level.


"Tally Ho" is also a nickname for the hook and ladder company 114{pron- one-fourteen} (formerly Brooklyn Fire Dept. H&L 18) located in Sunset Park Brooklyn, NY. "Tally Ho" is believed to be one of the first nicknames used in the FDNY for a whole fire company. It is said it was started by a member of the company in the late 60's era by a firefighter who had been in the US Army Airborne Rangers, he shouted "Tally Ho!" as the company would pull off to a call- as if they were going on a fox hunt or as he had done when he jumped out of military airplanes.

Entertainment industry


Tally Ho was a popular unsigned pop-punk band from the Philadelphia suburbs. The band formed in 1998 and broke up in 2002. They shared the stage with such acts as Saves The Day, The Starting Line, Brand New, Little League (Kill Verona), Days Away, The Stryder and Stopwatch. Members included: Derek Bisset - Drums, Ryan Wassil - Guitar/Vocals, Gregg Gorniak - Bass/Lead Vocals (on short term basis; from side band 'Don't Touch Willie'), Kevin Thomas - Bass/Vocals and Dan Grebb - Bass/Guitar/Vocals.

Tally Ho is a title of the hit single by New Zealand lo-fi rock band The Clean. Tally Ho! is also the title of Wagon Christ's 1998 album.

Films and TV

The American film director Sam Raimi had heroes yell "Tally-ho!" before jumping in two films: Army of Darkness and Spider-Man. In Matilda, Miss Trunchbull yells the phrase while jumping down from the second floor. "Tally-ho" is the code word in The Great Escape.

On the classic TV show The Prisoner the people in The Village read a newspaper called Tally Ho, suggesting that this is not a peaceful retirement community but instead more of a fox hunt. The phrase was extensively used by Hugh Laurie in A Bit of Laurie and Fry and Blackadder Goes Forth British TV series in the 80s.

Other names

The HMS Tally-Ho was a British World War II submarine.

It is also a nickname for Tallahassee, Florida


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