Take its toll

Be damaging or harmful, cause loss or destruction, as in The civil war has taken its toll on both sides, or The heavy truck traffic has taken its toll on the highways. This expression transfers the taking of toll, a tribute or tax, to exacting other costs. [ Late 1800s ]


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    take it out of someone’s hide

  • Take it upon oneself

    Also, take on oneself. Undertake something, as in I took it upon myself to count the precise number of children in the audience, or She took it on herself to enter a convent. [ Second half of 1400s ]

  • Take kindly to

    Be receptive to, attracted by, or pleased with, as in He’ll take kindly to the criticism if it’s constructive, or Henry won’t take kindly to your stepping on his newly planted grass. This idiom uses kindly in the sense of “in a pleasant or agreeable manner.” [ c. 1800 ]

  • Take leave of

    1. Also, take one’s leave of. Depart from, say good-bye to. For example, Sorry but I have to take leave of you now, or After the movie we’ll take our leave of you. [ Mid-1200s ] 2. take leave of one’s senses. Behave irrationally, act crazy, as in Give them the keys to the house? […]

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