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cut a (wide) swath

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

To cause a lot of damage or suffering in a specific area or population. It seems that the high winds cut a swath through our neighborhood last night, blowing down trees and power lines on nearly every street. Severe malnourishment has certainly cut a swath through this part of the globe.
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cut a wide swath

 and cut a big swath
to seem important; to attract a lot of attention. In social matters, Mrs. Smith cuts a wide swath. Bob cuts a big swath whenever he appears in his military uniform.
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cut a wide swath

Draw a lot of attention, make a considerable display, as in Although he was new to the company, he cut a wide swath. This metaphoric use of making a big sweep of the scythe in cutting grass survives despite the mechanization of farming and the declining use of the noun swath. [Mid-1800s]
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cut a wide swath

To make a big display; draw much attention.
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cut a (wide) swath, to

To make a showy display, to attract attention. The term originated in America and comes from mowing, a “swath” being the amount cut by one big sweep of the scythe. It was transferred to human showoffs by the mid-nineteenth century. “How he was a strutting up the sidewalk—didn’t he cut a swath!” wrote Ann S. Stephens in High Life in New York (1843). It is heard less often today, but has not quite died out.
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Left: The Kuhn Merge Maxx is a trailed alternative to rakes for bringing spread grass or swaths into a single row to optimise harvest machinery productivity.
While swath control technology automatically turns inputs on and off to avoid application to unwanted locations, the best efficiencies are achieved by adjusting the inputs within a range of values.
La primera demostracion del SWATH se concreto a inicios de los anos 80.
Years ago, he says, if the hay was dry, a farmer would use a 5-foot hay mower and go right down the swath with the hay loader.
The multibeam ScanSAR may be adopted for future spaceborne high resolution ultra wide swath imaging, since it achieves the HRWS imaging capacity better than conventional multichannel ScanSAR under the same condition.
The swath of the SAR is about 5.2 km, and we have found obvious focusing quality decline at the edge of the swath when the aircraft has strong motion errors.
The workflow in Figure 1 was developed to assess the utility of MS1 Filtering and SWATH MS2 for the multiprotease digestion of ErbB2.
Soil scientist Don Tanaka and colleagues at the ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory in Mandan, North Dakota, conducted a 4-year research project that showed farmers could save as much as 24 cents per cow, per day, by swath grazing from mid-November through mid-February.
In many cases, supporting a clavicle fracture so it can heal involves fitting the child with a figure-eight bandage, a sling and swath, or a Velpeau sling improvised from stockinette.
He closely tracked Katrina and notes that the storm cut such a wide swath that it did not appear to be targeting any one segment of the Gulf region--or even the city of New Orleans itself.
The idea is to fly several planes into the eye of a hurricane, cutting a triangular swath to the center while dumping this polymer.
While it's probably true that Saturn won't take every Opel as its own--the German brand covers a broad swath from commercial vehicles to entry-level luxury cars--it will gain from Opel's reputation for functionality.
Unique lightbar design combines easy-to-see online LEDs and graphic screen to simplify curve guidance and orientation to the swath. Most popular applications include spreading, spraying, seeding, tillage and broad-acre harvest, with pass-to-pass accuracy of 6 to 8 inches--a highly affordable way to try guidance at just US$2,795.
Supporters of SMART propose to take this carrot and stick approach to the next level, using it to achieve uniformity and reform among all states and across a breathtakingly broad swath of the insurance regulatory landscape.
in one swath these mother-'fers take the stage and make udder mockery of any ambitionist that ever advanced upon said arena.