It takes its toll.
Toll has a few different meanings. Bells toll for a funeral. A toll-bridge or toll road is one where a fee is collected from people wishing to travel. Something which takes its toll on a person affects their health or makes them very tired.
Take your partners!
At a barn-dance the caller may shout this out just as the music begins.
Take a battering – from a storm or a battering-ram? Metaphorically, this can describe having one trouble after another. Incidentally the two meanings of batter always amuse me. I expect battered fish to be in a bad way!
Take root is what plants do; then they grow healthily. Be careful about the ideas you allow to take root in your mind. There are weeds amongst ideas as well as in nature!
Take a stance might be how you stand physically, but more often means form an opinion and promote or defend it. Take a stand is also used.
Take at face value.
The face value of a coin or a postage stamp is what it is worth – unless it is a forgery! If you take someone at face value, you believe them without looking for ulterior motives.
You’ll have to take us as you find us.
Often a guest is invited with this proviso.
You have to take the good with the bad.
In life not everything that happens is what we’d have chosen. It is interesting that the good comes first in this expression. Perhaps because good is stronger than evil. In the Marriage Service the same order applies – “For better, for worse”.
Take in has to be read in context. If clothes are too large, they may be taken in. If someone is a liar others may be taken in. A stray cat may be taken in. Are you taking in all these various meanings? Too much information may be more than you can take in.
Take out means remove or take on an outing. An out-take is a funny quotation, such as a Malapropism.
To take to is to develop a liking for or be good at something.
Take heed means pay attention (and act on).
I’m going to take it further.
This threat or promise may mean asking to speak to a supervisor or going to law or to an ombudsman.
Take a dim view means to disapprove.
Taking off may refer to a plane starting its flight, a blog going viral or someone removing their clothes, for instance.
Have you taken leave of your senses? Someone is being accused of doing something daft.
He can’t leave well alone. Here someone is doing something which is either unnecessary or makes matter worse.
In The Gospel according to St Matthew (NIV), Jesus warns, Matthew 10:38
…anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me.
He also promises, Matthew 11:29-30
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.