One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Pass through (something) causing great damage, destruction, or change.‘the great storm cut a swathe through the country’
- ‘Another shell burst overhead, cutting a swath through the scattered ranks of brown greatcoats.’
- ‘For reinstall and reformat like the champions of old had cut a wide swath across the plains and laid waste to the evil of the registry which had existed.’
- ‘He said the Environment Canada reports reinforces his perception that the province was lax in its preparation for the hurricane, which cut a wide swath of destruction across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.’
- ‘Although there have been many protests as the giant fence cuts a swathe through communities and farmland, the ultra orthodox ruling tyke party vowed to continue the construction.’
- ‘Increasing numbers of ticks have cut a swath through the young grouse populations.’
- ‘A gay stigma - particularly powerful in the still homophobic world of African-Americans - keeps the disease on the ‘down-low’ even as it cuts a swathe through whole populations.’
- ‘In many African communities where AIDS has cut a swath through the young adult population, the older generation is caring for its grown-up children and their children.’
- ‘Wald singled out AIDS, which is cutting a swath through many of the continent's armies.’
- ‘Shortly thereafter, she'd begun to rent a small house near where much of the earlier destruction had cut a swath through the town.’
- ‘This period of relative tranquility ended around 1240, when Tartar invaders were cutting a swath through Europe.’
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