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]


Nearby words

  1. custos morum,
  2. custumal,
  3. cut,
  4. cut a deal,
  5. cut a long story short,
  6. cut above,
  7. cut across,
  8. cut adrift,
  9. cut along,
  10. cut and dried

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