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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 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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HAS summer sun and air conditioning taken its toll on your skin?
BIRMINGHAM 0 FULHAM 2 Hangeland (5, 49) MANAGER Alex McLeish admits Birmingham's Carling Cup triumph and a catalogue of injuries and suspensions may have taken its toll as his side prepare for a last-day-of-the-season relegation battle.
Summary: The ongoing global financial crisis has taken its toll on export industries of Ludhiana as they are facing slump due to fall in demand.
Feeling the effects: Jered Weaver admitted the long season has taken its toll, but he feels good enough to give his 100 pitches every five days.
Scrap generation remains healthy in many markets, but the drop in export orders has taken its toll on pricing most heavily on the Pacific Coast.
CELTIC manager Martin O'Neill has admitted the club's recent Champions League campaign has taken its toll on his players.
Relentless coastal development has also taken its toll on tide pools.
The financial impact of mega-spending for spectrum followed by seemingly unreal financing arrangements has taken its toll," says Ray Jodoin, group manager and principal analyst for In-Stat's Wireless Technology & Infrastructure service.
The Songbird Disposable Hearing Aid is targeted to Baby Boomers, whose exposure to loud music, high-pitched manufacturing noises, and other forms of noise pollution has taken its toll on their hearing.
Monroe, a partner at Irving Levin Associates, commented on the findings, saying, "The turmoil in the stock markets during the past few months has taken its toll on the health care services merger and acquisition market.
3, 1849, everyone assumed the writer's boozy lifestyle had finally taken its toll.
The recent rash of storms descending on the Washington region in the past five days has taken its toll on both sides of the Potomac, as area homeowners attempt to recover from some of the worst rainfall and flooding in the region in recent years.
Losing) has taken its toll on everyone, and probably him the most.
The intensity of the Champions League has taken its toll on the lads.
In particular, the ageing of the passenger car parc, brought about by the change in product mix from passenger cars to commercial vehicles, has taken its toll.