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swathe someone or something in something

to wrap or drape someone or something in something. Molly swathed her children in sheets to turn them into ghosts on Halloween. She swathed the statue in black velvet for the unveiling ceremony.
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swathe someone or something with something

to wrap or drape someone or something with something. The sculptor swathed his unfinished pieces with heavy drapes. The designer swathed the window with billows of taffeta.
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cut a (wide) swath

also cut a (wide) swathe
1. to attract a lot of interest or attention The two beautiful sisters cut a wide swath through our little town, and every male wanted to take them out. The new game is unusually inventive and has cut a wide swath in the video game market.
2. to cause a lot of destruction, death, or harm in a particular place Violent thunderstorms cut a swath of destruction through the area, blowing down trees and damaging houses.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of swath ( a line or strip of grass that has been cut)
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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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swathe in

v.
To wrap or bind with or as if with some bandages: The doctor swathed the patient's arm in gauze.
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The 400-employee firm has revamped its line of grain and hay swathers and introduced specialty 'headers' for grains and crops, and has set up a network of 130 dealers in the U.
The auction included 83 quarter sections of land (one quarter section is 160 acres) and all the equipment needed to farm it, including tractors, combines and headers, swathers, trucks, trailers, grain handling and heavy duty equipment.
Art's Way manufactures and distributes farm machinery niche products including animal feed processing equipment, sugar beet defoliators and harvesters, land maintenance equipment, crop shredding equipment, round hay balers, plows, hay and forage equipment, manure spreaders, reels for combines and swathers, and top and bottom drive augers, as well as pressurized tanks and vessels, modular animal confinement buildings and laboratories and specialty tools and inserts.
Rectangular balers, forage harvesters, grinder mixers, manure spreaders, mower conditioners, windrowers and swathers, field cultivators, chisel plows and disk harrows show negative sales for 2000 ranging from 0.
Table 21: US Exports of Swathers, Windrowers and Other
Table 22: US Imports of Swathers, Windrowers and other
Table 29: Canadian Exports of Swathers, Windrowers and
Highlights include 410+ farm tractors, 290 headers, 235+ combines, 95+ swathers, 95+ cultivators, 60 harrows, 45+ air drills, 85+ grain trucks and more.