Meaning of “cut a swathe through sth” in the English Dictionary

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"cut a swathe through sth" in British English

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cut a swathe through sth

to destroy a large part of something or kill many of a group of people:

The storm cut a swathe through the village.

(Definition of “cut a swathe through sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)