English expression - take a toll




take a toll (on somebody/something)

to have a bad effect on somebody/something; to cause a lot of damage, deaths, suffering, etc

Illness had taken a heavy toll on her.The recession is taking a toll on the housing markets.

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Slips and falls taking toll on BC seniors

Slipping on icy sidewalks is causing injury to senior citizens living in British Columbia (Canada)
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It's easy to slip and fall on sidewalks covered with ice.
This is causing many injuries to older people in B.C.




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