Tall Men to Tanner of Tamworth
Tall Men Champions (a Welsh phrase), brave men
You were good soldiers, and tall fellows.- Shakespeare: Merry Wives of Windsor, ii. 2.
The undaunted resolution and stubborn ferocity of Gwenwyn... had long made him beloved among the `Tall Men,' or champions of Wales.- Sir W. Scott: The Betrothed, chap. i.
Talleyrand, anciently written Tailleran, is the sobriquet derived from the words tailler les rangs, cut through the ranks.
Tally (A). The price paid for picking a bushel of hops. It varies (1891) from 1 1/2d. to 2 1/2d.
Tally To correspond. The tally used in the Exchequer was a rod of wood, marked on one face with
notches corresponding to the sum for which it was an acknowledgment. Two other sides contained
the date, the name of the payer, and so on. The rod was then cleft in such a manner that each half
contained one written side and half of every notch. One part was kept in the Exchequer, and the other
was circulated. When payment was required the two parts were compared, and if they tallied, or made
a tally, all was right, if not, there was some fraud, and payment was refused. Tallies were not finally
abandoned in the Exchequer till 1834. (French, tailler, to cut.)
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!
Tallyman (A). A travelling draper who calls at private houses to sell wares on the tally system- that is, part payment on account, and other parts when the man calls again
Talmud (The). About 120 years after the destruction of the Temple, the rabbi Judah began to take down in writing the Jewish traditions; his book, called the Mishna, contains six parts: (1) Agriculture and seed- sowing, (2) Festivals, (3) Marriage; (4) Civil affairs, (5) Sacrifices; and (6) what is clean and what unclean. The book caused immense disputation, and two Babylonish rabbis replied to it, and wrote a commentary in sixty parts, called the Babylonian Talmud Gemára, (imperfect). This compilation has been greatly abridged by the omission of Nos. 5 and 6.
Talpot or Talipot Tree. A gigantic palm. When the sheath of the flower bursts it makes a report like
that of a cannon.
They burst, like Zeilan's giant palm,Zeilan is Portuguese for Ceylon.
Talus Sir Artegal's iron man. Spenser, in his Faërie Queene, makes Talus run continually round the island of Crete to chastise offenders with an iron flail. He represents executive power- swift as a swallow, and as lion strong. In Greek mythology, Talos was a man of brass, the work of Hephaestos (Vulcan),
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