Definition of cut a swathe through in English:

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cut a swathe through

Pass through (something) causing great damage, destruction, or change: AIDS has cut a swathe through battalions of ordinary people
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  • Shortly thereafter, she'd begun to rent a small house near where much of the earlier destruction had cut a swath through the town.
  • Wald singled out AIDS, which is cutting a swath through many of the continent's armies.
  • 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.
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