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toll the death knell

To cause or signal the impending end or ruin of something, especially a business, organization, or activity. Refers to the sound of a bell ringing (the knell) from a church to indicate that someone has died. The geometric expansion of the Internet and digital media has tolled the death knell for countless print-based businesses around the world.
See also: death, knell, toll

death toll

The number of deaths that have occurred after some major deadly event, such as an accident, act of violence, or natural disaster. The death toll of the conflict between the two countries is well over 2,000 people as of this morning.
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take (quite) a toll (on someone or something)

to cause damage or wear by using something or by hard living. Years of sunbathing took a toll on Mary's skin. Drug abuse takes quite a toll on the lives of people.
See also: take, toll

toll for someone

[for a bell] to ring for someone. Who are the bells tolling for? The bells are tolling for Mr. Green, who died last night.
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take its toll

also take a toll
to cause harm or suffering Divorce takes its toll on the children involved.
See also: take, toll

sound/toll the death knell

to cause an organization, system, or activity to fail or end
Usage notes: A knell is the sound of a bell being rung slowly to tell people that someone has died.
(often + for ) The new superstore will sound the death knell for hundreds of small independent shops. (sometimes + of ) The closure of the local car factory tolled the death knell of the town.
See ring hollow
See also: death, knell, sound

take a/its/their toll

to have a bad effect on someone or something (often + on ) Bringing up nine children had taken its toll on my mother. The disease has taken a horrendous toll in parts of western Africa.
See sound the death knell
See also: take, toll

take its toll

Be damaging or harmful, cause loss or destruction, as in The civil war has taken its toll on both sides, or The heavy truck traffic has taken its toll on the highways. This expression transfers the taking of toll, a tribute or tax, to exacting other costs. [Late 1800s]
See also: take, toll
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The 'A-' rating is based on the economic strength and diversity of MDX's system of tolled highways, limited competing facilities, a track record in recent years of increasing tolls to adequately meet the authority's needs, flexibility to capture revenues from untolled sections of the expressway system, and a cooperative relationship with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).
As a result, the strength of the existing system is expected to provide significant protection in the event of lower than expected toll revenues and higher than expected costs for the proposed Intercounty Connector (ICC) project, which would provide a new tolled east-west highway link in Montgomery County and Prince George's County, Maryland.
The bonds, which are secured by the net revenues of the authority's sole tolled facility, the Claiborne Pell Bridge (Pell Bridge), are insured by Ambac Assurance Corporation, whose financial strength is rated 'AAA' by Fitch.
The facility has been in operation for over fifteen years but during that time has become one of the most expensive tolled routes in the country on a per kilometer basis.
Bond and BAN proceeds will be used to finance a portion of the $200 million cost to design and construct Phase I of the LA 1 project, which encompasses a tolled, high-level span two lane bridge crossing Bayou LaFourche in Leeville, LA and a connecting elevated two lane road extending south to LA 3090 near Port Fourchon.
The 'A-' rating by Fitch considers the economic strength and diversity of MDX's system of tolled highways, limited competing facilities, a track record in recent years of increasing tolls to adequately meet the authority's needs, flexibility to capture revenues from untolled sections of the expressway system, and a cooperative relationship with the Florida Department of Transportation.
The 'A-' rating by Fitch considers the economic strength and diversity of MDX's system of tolled highways; limited competing facilities; a track record in recent years of increasing tolls to adequately meet the authority's needs; flexibility to capture revenues from untolled sections of the expressway system and a cooperative relationship with the Florida Department of Transportation.