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Time takes its toll

Posted by ESC on June 15, 2007

In Reply to: Time takes its toll posted by Cliff on June 15, 2007

: What does the phrase, "Time takes its toll on us" really mean and how did it come to be an expression?

Aging, the passage of time, extracts a price. Time wears down, weathers objects and people. But the passage of time can also add patina -- a surface appearance of something grown beautiful, especially with age or use (Merriam-Webster). Of course, wild women improve with age.

That's my little essay. Anyone have an origin?