Definition of inroad
1 : a sudden hostile incursion : raid
2 : an advance or penetration often at the expense of someone or something —usually used in plural
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Examples of inroad in a Sentence
the army is finally making inroads into enemy territory
Recent Examples of inroad from the Web
And 2018 gubernatorial hopeful Jon Husted makes inroads with some major Northeast Ohio GOP donors.
Aldi’s plans to open 900 more grocery stores in the U.S. over the next five years include aggressive inroads in Texas.
While Norcross’ political power plays get a lot of attention, the many inroads made by Conner Strong often go under the radar.
Although natural gas explains most recent losses, the earlier declines reflected the inroads of cheaper Western coal into the markets long dependent on costlier Eastern coal.
Amazon’s discounted Prime will likely make major inroads over time.
But the primary objective has been to continue making inroads into Asia, a market the Padres have tapped into in the past but could stand to mine further.
Inroads came in the early 20th century, with the development of West End Park and the area around Spanish Fort as entertainment destinations.
Democrats have made inroads in recent years in Seminole but face a stiff challenge to translate a passion for politics stoked by Trump at the ballot box.
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Did You Know?
Inroad is a combination of in and road, both of which are pretty mundane, as far as words go. But the first-and oldest-meaning of inroad hints at a meaning of road other than the "way for traveling" one. Beginning back in the days of Old English, road referred to an armed hostile incursion made on horseback. (Raid comes from this use of road and also formerly specified incursions on horseback.) Road has lost all of its former violent connotations, and inroad is shedding its as well. While inroads are often made at the expense of someone or something, they are at times simply advances, as when an artist is said to be making inroads into a community.
First Known Use of inroad
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