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[in-rohd] /ˈɪnˌroʊd/
a damaging or serious encroachment:
inroads on our savings.
a sudden hostile or predatory incursion; raid; foray.
Origin of inroad
1540-50; in-1 + road Unabridged
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  • We really do have a chance of making inroads on those subjects.
  • If you want to make inroads on the current obesity problem start with the parents.
  • But a relatively new product appears to be making inroads in the agricultural industry.
  • The ethical dimensions of eating meat have also started to make meaningful inroads into public consciousness.
  • Of course, the demands of modern industrial life made inroads nevertheless.
  • It can also give criminals inroads at other companies.
  • Even outside his homeland, his ideas continue to make inroads.
  • Raising funds will enable them to make further inroads abroad.
  • It will make some inroads, being a big country and all.
  • So it is difficult to determine whether police are making inroads or whether factories are simply scaling up production.
British Dictionary definitions for inroads


an invasion or hostile attack; raid or incursion
an encroachment or intrusion
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Word Origin and History for inroads



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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