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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.
See also: cut, swath, through

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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Swath grazing is a way to revive the once widespread practice of letting cattle graze all winter in the Northern Plains.
The boreal forest is vanishing because swaths of the forest's trees are logged and turned into paper and wood products In addition.
After harvesting, the "weeds" in the spaces between the swaths slowly grow over the bare ground, and cover, protect and cool it.
The first step is to select SAR swaths that cover the desired target regions in Antarctica and satisfy other scientific requirements.
After 10 years and $4 million of R&D work, Pacific Marine will test its 131-foot SWATH in Island waters in late 1988 or early 1989.
People first reached Australia at about that time, though, and probably set fire to large swaths of land for reasons that include clearing passageways and hunting along the fire front, the team speculates.
But these inanimate swaths were no match for the video itself.
One stowaway, a soil fungus (plant without leaves, flowers, and roots) called Aspergillus sydowii, has killed wide swaths of sea-fan coral in recent years, says USGS coral researcher Eugene Shinn.
I deploy earth, geologic forms, constructed forms and swaths of plants to form visual poems, scribed on sheets of land bounded by the edge of ownership," says Delaney.
The rain devastated the region, where wildfires the summer before had stripped large swaths of brush and vegetation and left the land vulnerable to erosion.
Wind blows that strong in broad swaths of the Great Plains and the continent's coasts.
In the center of the gallery a large nickel-plated rack resembling a restaurant kitchen fixture displayed four swaths of carpet dangling like sides of beef.
The HP CapShare page-processing technology determines the path the CIS has taken over the document and then reconstructs the image by stitching path swaths together while eliminating distortion.
The most pressing need is a trails and maintenance crew to restore the trail network that was obliterated when more than 50 inches of rain slammed the region this winter, washing away swaths of land where vegetation had burned away the previous year.
Tiny organisms that lived in remote arctic lakes are adding evidence that large swaths of the Northern Hemisphere have been warming for many decades.