cut a swath through

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cut a swath/swathe through something

to cause a lot of destruction, death, or harm in a particular place or among a particular group of people Violent electrical storms cut a swath through parts of the South yesterday. The AIDS epidemic has already cut a swath through the fashion industry.
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Born into a poor Irish family with a rough, neglectful father and a mother prone to drink and men, he and his brothers cut a swathe through late 19th-century eastern Australia robbing banks.