It just paid its toll on himPosted: January 23, 2023
This one was heard on the show “48 Hours” (January 14th episode). The sister-in-law of a murder victim was referring to the lifestyle that the victim had been drawn into by the accused, his girlfriend (recording adult videos). This is a mashup of “pay the price” (to experience the consequences of one’s misdeeds) and “take a/its toll” (to have a cumulative negative effect on someone or something). The speaker’s likely experience of paying tolls on the highway may have contributed to the mental confusion. The malaphor is uttered at the 23:56 mark.
A tip of the hat to Mike Kovacs for spotting yet another malaphor!