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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Tally  \Tal"ly\,  n.;  pl  {Tallies}.  [OE.  taile,  taille,  F.  taille 
  a  cutting,  cut  tally,  fr  tailler  to  cut,  but  influenced 
  probably  by  taill['e],  p.  p.  of  tailler.  See  {Tailor},  and 
  cf  {Tail}  a  limitation,  {Taille},  {Tallage}.] 
  1.  Originally,  a  piece  of  wood  on  which  notches  or  scores 
  were  cut,  as  the  marks  of  number;  later  one  of  two  books, 
  sheets  of  paper,  etc.,  on  which  corresponding  accounts 
  were  kept. 
 
  Note:  In  purshasing  and  selling,  it  was  once  customary  for 
  traders  to  have  two  sticks,  or  one  stick  cleft  into  two 
  parts  and  to  mark  with  a  score  or  notch,  on  each  the 
  number  or  quantity  of  goods  delivered,  --  the  seller 
  keeping  one  stick,  and  the  purchaser  the  other  Before 
  the  use  of  writing,  this  or  something  like  it  was  the 
  only  method  of  keeping  accounts;  and  tallies  were 
  received  as  evidence  in  courts  of  justice.  In  the 
  English  exchequer  were  tallies  of  loans,  one  part  being 
  kept  in  the  exchequer,  the  other  being  given  to  the 
  creditor  in  lieu  of  an  obligation  for  money  lent  to 
  government. 
 
  2.  Hence  any  account  or  score  kept  by  notches  or  marks, 
  whether  on  wood  or  paper,  or  in  a  book;  especially,  one 
  kept  in  duplicate. 
 
  3.  One  thing  made  to  suit  another;  a  match;  a  mate. 
 
  They  were  framed  the  tallies  for  each  other 
  --Dryden. 
 
  4.  A  notch,  mark,  or  score  made  on  or  in  a  tally;  as  to  make 
  or  earn  a  tally  in  a  game. 
 
  5.  A  tally  shop.  See  {Tally  shop},  below. 
 
  {Tally  shop},  a  shop  at  which  goods  or  articles  are  sold  to 
  customers  on  account,  the  account  being  kept  in 
  corresponding  books,  one  called  the  tally,  kept  by  the 
  buyer,  the  other  the  counter  tally,  kept  by  the  seller, 
  and  the  payments  being  made  weekly  or  otherwise  by 
  agreement.  The  trade  thus  regulated  is  called  tally  trade 
  --Eng.  Encyc. 
 
  {To  strike  tallies},  to  act  in  correspondence,  or  alike. 
  [Obs.]  --Fuller. 




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