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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
To truly protect reproductive rights, Democrats need to figure out how to make inroads in red states and conservative communities—which means figuring out how to connect with voters who don’t necessarily share their views.
Marketing tools aren't the only way that new artists are making inroads faster.
The church has made inroads with digitally-savvy young professionals in more than 20 cities worldwide, including four in the United States.
Invasive plants have made inroads everywhere, crowding out shrubs that the animals rely on for food and protection.
Manufacturers have long courted schools as a way to make inroads with students.
Volkswagen has been trying to make inroads with the mainstream American family buyers for decades.
Before nutritionists made inroads with professional athletes, this place was a favorite among golfers during the annual PGA stop in Akron.
The launch will serve as an illustration that United Launch Alliance, long a preferred launch partner for the U.S. military, will still land launches even as competitor SpaceX has started to make inroads into that area of business.
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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
Synonymsdescent, foray, incursion, raid, invasion, irruption
Related Wordspillage, plunder; aggression, assault, coup de main, offense (or offence), offensive, onset, onslaught, rush, siege, storm, strike; charge, sally, sortie; ambuscade, ambush, surprise (also surprize), trap; air raid, blitz, blitzkrieg, bombardment; counteraggression, counterassault, counterattack, counteroffensive, counterstrike
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