take a/its toll

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Definition of take a/its toll

: 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 + onToo much sunlight can take a (heavy) toll on your skin.Her illness has taken a toll on her marriage.

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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 11 Aug. 2020.

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