inroad

[in-rohd]
noun
1.
a damaging or serious encroachment: inroads on our savings.
2.
a sudden hostile or predatory incursion; raid; foray.

Origin:
1540–50; in-1 + road

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inroad (ˈɪnˌrəʊd)
 
n
1.  an invasion or hostile attack; raid or incursion
2.  an encroachment or intrusion

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inroad
1548, "hostile incursion, raid, foray," from in- "in," second element is road in the obsolete sense of "riding;" related to raid.
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Idioms & Phrases

inroads

see make inroads into.

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Example sentences
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.
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