cut a swathe

[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.