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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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Nearby words

custos morum, custumal, cut, cut a deal, cut a long story short, cut a wide swath, cut above, cut across, cut adrift, cut along, cut and dried
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