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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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Beginning July 1, auto tolls on the Bay Bridge will vary from $4 during weekday off-peak hours, to $5 all day on Saturdays and Sundays, and to $6 from 5 a.
In the Northeast, the New Jersey Turnpike was one of the first to convert existing toll plazas to high-speed toll lanes.
SACRAMENTO - A study released Wednesday by the Reason Foundation recommended building more toll roads throughout California, including a $3 billion toll tunnel through the San Gabriel Mountains to cut travel times between Palmdale and Pasadena.
Charles Komanoff, an energy economist and director of the Bridge Tolls Advocacy Project, which favors an electronic toll system at four East River bridges in New York, is an ardent advocate of user fees to reduce congestion and emissions, but he's not confident that congestion pricing offers strong environmental promise.
The tolls would be zero during most of the day, then rise during the AM and PM rush hours to levels sufficient to discourage just enough drivers to keep traffic flowing reasonably swiftly.
The turnpike's proactive stance toward planning for and delivering toll increases when needed is also a rating factor, as is the demonstrated ability to manage large capital plans, pace the issuance of debt, and balance it with available net revenues.
director of transportation at the Reason Foundation, which developed High-Occupancy Toll lanes a decade ago.
Traffic has been steadily increasing since its opening and electronic toll collection will help reduce the growing congestion problems at the 12 lane plaza.
The 'BBB' rating reflects the strength of the Foothill/Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency's (F/ETCA) service area, the attainment and maintenance of a relatively stable share of traffic by the Foothill/Eastern toll road, its economic ratemaking flexibility and solid liquidity position in the form of a cash funded debt service reserve fund (DSRF) of $297, or 1.
The toll lane is in the plan,'' said Palmdale Councilman David Myers, who sits on the SCAG board.
29 /PRNewswire/ -- An average of seven million cars pass through toll booths on U.
The toll road has operated since September 1995, but lowered tolls in May 1996, in response to weak traffic and revenue growth.
The tolls would also change according to the time of day - higher at rush hour, lower at slow times - to keep traffic flowing smoothly in the lanes, the proposal said.
Instead, tolls will be paid electronically as a vehicle passes through the toll lane.
The paper-thin windshield sticker tag, which operates at 902-928 MHz frequency band, expands global use providing an economical RFID tag technology that can increase patrons' migration to wireless payment of tolls and speed traffic throughput.