Tally-ho!

is the Norman hunting cry Taillis au! (To the coppice). The tally-ho was used when the stag was viewed in full career making for the coppice. We now cry “Tally-ho!” when the fox breaks cover. The French cry is “Taiaut!”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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