One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Have an adverse effect, especially so as to cause damage, suffering, or death.‘years of pumping iron have taken their toll on his body’
- ‘The stress of everything took its toll and my health began to deteriorate.’
- ‘The flood disaster in southern Africa continues to take its toll, with more heavy rain hindering the relief operation.’
- ‘In 2002, he revealed what had long been suspected: that heavy drinking was taking its toll.’
- ‘Stress took its toll and the weight began to drop off.’
- ‘As the two ten minute periods of extra time began it was obvious that the heavy ground was taking its toll on both teams.’
- ‘The stress and strain of modern life are taking a heavy toll on the human mind.’
- ‘As he gets closer, his burden gets heavier and takes its toll on both his mind and body.’
- ‘But if the stress of the role is taking its toll, she takes care not to show it.’
- ‘In the absence of adequate periods of calm, stress can take its toll.’
- ‘I fear that in the next four years the media and his adversaries will take a heavy toll on him.’
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