Meaning: acts with little resistance. Use examples.
Rewrite 1: like a prow through the water
Rewrite 2: like a knife through hot soup
Rewrite 3: like a squeal amid silence
Rewrite 4: like scissors through fabric
Comment: Nothing cuts through baloney like a hot metaphor.
More reading about clichés
What I found when I googled “clichés”:
• Clichés – A poem by May Williams Ward: a poem, although not so much about clichés.