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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.
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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 a/its toll

To have a cumulative negative effect on someone or something. Based on all this water damage, it seems that leak really took a toll on our ceiling tiles. All those late nights working on my term paper really took a toll on me—I need about 24 hours' sleep to recover.
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take a toll (on someone or something)

To cause damage or deleterious effects gradually or through constant action or use. The inclement weather in these parts really takes a toll on the exteriors of the buildings. Years of smoking and drinking has taken a toll on her health.
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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.
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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

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]
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take its toll

If a problem or a difficult situation takes its toll, it causes unpleasant effects. The bad weather was soon taking its toll on most of the crew members. The separation from Harry was beginning to take its toll.
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take its ˈtoll (on somebody/something)

(also take a (heavy) ˈtoll (of something)) have a bad effect on somebody/something; cause a lot of damage, deaths, suffering, etc: The present economic crisis is taking a heavy toll. Thousands of firms have gone bankrupt.His job is taking its toll on him. He needs a rest.
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Jenoptik is offering a unique solution through the digital combination of various sensor technologies to monitor toll payments.
In Sindh province 18 toll plazas are operational on the highways.
Assemblywoman Jenny Oropeza, D-Carson, the chairwoman of the Assembly Transportation Committee, said toll roads such as the 91 Freeway in Orange County have been a failure.
Two of the congestion pricing systems that receive the most attention (in large part because they've been around the longest) are in Orange County and San Diego County, both part of California's "FasTrak" network of electronic toll installations.
But now the same electronic advances that are behind IVHS can make it possible to charge tolls without forcing cars to slow down.
Upcoming projects at the Carquinez, Richmond-San Rafael, San Francisco-Oakland Bay, San Mateo-Hayward and Dumbarton bridge toll plazas each likely will take at least four or five weeks to complete , with work schedules subject to delay in the event of inclement weather.
The toll would go and up down depending on congestion and could be collected electronically.
0x, respectively, reflecting strong revenue growth due to the 2004 toll increase and management's efforts to curb operating and maintenance costs.
The toll lane idea was contained in SCAG's draft transportation plan but the board decided to study the idea first after Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich said he opposed it and other north county transportation officials preferred an evaluation, Myers said.
This rapid increase necessitates the reliance of the project on continued toll rate increases, and the credit remains vulnerable to prolonged adverse developments or capacity enhancements on competing free facilities such as I-5.
Designating one of the lanes of the Antelope Valley Freeway as a toll road would single out .
The toll road has operated since September 1995, but lowered tolls in May 1996, in response to weak traffic and revenue growth.
Antonovich says adding toll lanes to the Antelope Valley Freeway is unacceptable.
The Jamaican Toll Roads Act, passed back in 2002, provided the charter for Highway 2000, a public-private partnership between the Government of Jamaica and the developer TransJamaican Highway Ltd.
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).