He was beautiful; alcohol and misfortune took their toll on him.
Criticism is relentless and it takes a toll on presidential approval.
Poor health care, a paucity of jobs, and a sense of instability is now taking its toll.
“It is worth waiting for a while on the road to enjoy the toll exemption,” he said.
As you can see, long hours and many late-night shoots took their toll on everyone.
So at the first toll of the deep-toned bell, I dressed myself, and went out into the dewy freshness of the new day.
While one was to read the burial service the other was gently to toll the small chapel bell which he bore with him on his mission.
He would start industriously enough, but the day's toll always fell far below what was expected.
So long as the others took their toll, that generation was safe.
Fifty priests and fifty choristers were to pray and sing over her for three days, and the bell was to toll without ceasing.
"tax, fee," Old English toll, variant of toln, cognate with Old Norse tollr, Old Frisian tolen, Old High German zol, German Zoll, representing an early Germanic borrowing from Late Latin tolonium "custom house," from Latin telonium "tollhouse," from Greek teloneion "tollhouse," from telones "tax-collector," from telos "tax" (see tele-; for sense, cf. finance). Originally in a general sense of "payment exacted by an authority;" meaning "charge for right of passage along a road" is from late 15c.
"to sound with single strokes," mid-15c., probably a special use of tollen "to draw, lure," early 13c. variant of Old English -tyllan in betyllan "to lure, decoy," and fortyllan "draw away, seduce," of obscure origin. The notion is perhaps of "luring" people to church with the sound of the bells, or of "drawing" on the bell rope. Related: Tolled; tolling.
one of the branches of the king of Persia's revenues (Ezra 4:13; 7:24), probably a tax levied from those who used the bridges and fords and highways.