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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
First recorded in 1540-50; in-1 + road Unabridged
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  • But as yet the life has made no inroads upon her moral health.

  • But no amount of world-wisdom can set a man above the inroads of superstition.

    David Elginbrod George MacDonald
  • Resistance to the inroads of the barbarians was no longer possible.

  • Humanity had retreated from the inroads of the sea only after a stubborn fight.

    The Shrieking Pit Arthur J. Rees
  • There was no way yet for us to suspect their full activity—their inroads.

    Unthinkable Roger Phillips Graham
  • "Never have I been more conscious of the inroads of age," he confided.

    The Devil's Paw E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • So may the tides be in some small measure restrained in their inroads.

    A Mortal Antipathy Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  • How had the crusaders managed to make any inroads at all in the Dar al-Islam?

  • Collective buying has also been a factor in offsetting the inroads of the "chains."

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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