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  1. a damaging or serious encroachment: inroads on our savings.
  2. a sudden hostile or predatory incursion; raid; foray.
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Origin of inroad

First recorded in 1540–50; in-1 + road
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  1. an invasion or hostile attack; raid or incursion
  2. 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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Idioms and Phrases with inroads


see make inroads into.

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