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inroad

[in-rohd] /ˈɪnˌroʊd/
noun
1.
a damaging or serious encroachment:
inroads on our savings.
2.
a sudden hostile or predatory incursion; raid; foray.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; in-1 + road
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  • We have electronic signing giving pricing, guidance and added inroad lighting to help guide users in and out of lane.
British Dictionary definitions for inroad

inroad

/ˈɪnˌrəʊd/
noun
1.
an invasion or hostile attack; raid or incursion
2.
an encroachment or intrusion
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Word Origin and History for inroad
n.

1540s, "hostile incursion, raid, foray," from in- (2) "in;" second element is road in the obsolete sense of "riding;" related to raid. Related: Inroads.

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