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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. She just doesn't have her usual quickness. It seems like the long season has taken a toll. 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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Tolling policy was approved by National Highway Council (NHC) in 2011 whereby a toll plaza can be established after every 35 to 60 km on National Highways.
We think we've come up with a way to (reduce congestion) in this report, and that is generating new revenue from tolls that people and trucking companies would willingly pay to use new improvements to the system that offer them better service,'' said the study's lead author, Robert Poole.
Other questions have been raised about the "regressive" nature of HOT fees--that is, although everyone pays for road use through the gasoline tax, the kind of two-tier system created by HOT lanes benefits wealthier people because they are better able to afford the tolls.
For instance, traffic engineers would have to figure out how to keep non-metered side streets from being swamped with drivers looking to avoid tolls.
In turn, this will make it possible to exactly measure the dimensions of each truck and to accurately determine the number of its axles as required for its precise classification in the toll schedule.
High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes are currently used, with great success, in San Diego, Orange County and Houston, Texas.
The toll would go and up down depending on congestion and could be collected electronically.
The toll lane is in the plan,'' said Palmdale Councilman David Myers, who sits on the SCAG board.
Los Angeles County supervisors just say no to toll lanes on the Antelope Valley Freeway.