cut\ a\ swathe

v. phr.
1a. To mow a path through a field.

The farmer cut a swathe through the high grass with his scythe.

1b. To cut down as if by mowing.

The machine gun cut a swathe in the lines of enemy soldiers.

2. informal To attract notice; make an impression; seem important.

The movie star cut a wide swathe when he walked down the street.

John tries to show off and cut a big swathe with the girls.

Compare: go over(6), make a hit

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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