take a/its toll

Definition of take a/its toll

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

    :  to seize or capture physically

    :  to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. :  a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

    :  a distinct treatment or variation

    :  an act or the action of taking: such as

  1. :  a tax or fee paid for some liberty or privilege (as of passing over a highway or bridge)

    :  compensation for services rendered: such as

    :  a charge for transportation

  1. :  to take or levy toll

    :  to exact part of as a toll

    :  to take as toll

  1. :  to sound with slow measured strokes

    :  to sound (a bell) by pulling the rope

    :  to give signal or announcement of

  1. :  the sound of a tolling bell

  1. :  allure, entice

    :  to entice (game) to approach

    :  to attract (fish) with scattered bait

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to cast off or become cast off

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