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take its toll

  1. (idiomatic) To affect, especially negatively; to damage or degrade; to cause destruction.
    Time had taken its toll on the old bridge, and it was no longer sound.
    Heavy smoking and drinking will take its toll on a person's health.
    • 2019 November 21, Samanth Subramanian, “How our home delivery habit reshaped the world”, in The Guardian[1]:
      A lot of attention has rightly been paid to the toll that fulfilling our orders takes upon workers in warehouses or drivers in delivery vans.
    • 2018 July 7, Phil McNulty, “Sweden 0-2 England”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      England not only reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time since Italia 90, they did the job under the pressure of the occasion and the requirement to back up the victory over Colombia on penalties in the last 16 - with all of the mental toll that will have taken.