take a/its toll

idiom

: to have a serious, bad effect on someone or something : to cause harm or damage
If you keep working so hard, the stress will eventually take its toll.
often + on
Too much sunlight can take a (heavy) toll on your skin.
Her illness has taken a toll on her marriage.

Examples of take a/its toll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vengeance, no matter how righteous, can take a toll. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 2 Apr. 2024 Doing both, however, can take its toll, especially with a demanding tour schedule. Pam Windsor, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 How Ozempic and Wegovy Can Affect Your Gut Ozempic and Wegovy, or semaglutide, can take a toll on a person’s gastrointestinal system due to how the drug functions in the body. Kristen Fischer, Health, 15 Mar. 2024 How much did the season take its toll on Bailey last year? Evan Webeck, The Mercury News, 17 Feb. 2024 Even as adults, depression, anxiety and other mental illnesses can impact the brain’s ability to function, while emotional trauma, such as domestic violence, rape, loss of a child, spouse or job can also flood the brain with caustic stress hormones that take a toll over time. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 Tower 28 LipSofties treatment, $16 (Tower 28) Did winter weather and travel take a toll on your lips? Marques Harper, Los Angeles Times, 14 Mar. 2024 Unfollowing or muting accounts that take a toll on our mental or emotional well-being can be an act of self care. Erleia, Forbes, 23 Feb. 2024 As 2024 dawns, ongoing financial strain and uncertainty are continuing to take a toll on American workers, and employers are scrambling to cope with the fallout. Jason Leverant, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024

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“Take a/its toll.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/take%20a%2Fits%20toll. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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