Meaning of “take its/a toll” in the English Dictionary

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"take its/a toll" in British English

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take its/a toll

C2 If something takes its/a toll, it causes suffering, deaths, or damage:

The problems of the past few months have taken their toll on her health and there are shadows under her eyes.
The deepening recession has also taken its toll in the south of the country, where unemployment is rife.

(Definition of “take its/a toll” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)