cut a big swath

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cut a big swath

1. To garner attention. Cindy is such a talented designer that I'm sure her gowns will cut a big swath in the fashion world.
2. To cause a lot of damage or suffering in a specific area or population. Usually followed by "through." It seems that the high winds cut a big swath through our neighborhood last night, blowing down trees and power lines on nearly every street. Severe malnourishment has certainly cut a big swath through this part of the globe.
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