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fell like grass before a scythe
a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle that is held with both hands

Much more rarely, scythe can be used as a verb to reference the cutting of weeds or tall grasses (such as hay or wheat) with a scythe. Metaphorically, the verb form can be used to describe cutting through anything as in "scythed through the problems in less than a week."
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