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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
Jindal Steel has long been striving to make inroads into the segment.
Online shopping and fast fashion have made inroads nearly everywhere in the sector.
But the visit showed the Sooners are making inroads with the No.
Fried Chicken While Korean chains like Bonchon, Kyochon, and BB.Q have made inroads in America, Seoul has endless options for grabbing fried chicken and a beer.
Not a typical charter setting Charter schools are more often thought of as options in urban settings, where professional management groups such as KIPP or Achievement First have made inroads.
Israeli firms and kibbutzim hope to make inroads into the nascent market for regulated and mass-produced medical cannabis products.
But dogs, specifically the Lagotto Romagnolo, an Italian breed with an epically cute face (kind of Teddy bear-ish) that was originally bred for hunting, eventually made inroads into the profession.
China has made inroads partly because of its willingness to invest in new research at a time when such spending has stagnated in countries like the United States and Japan.
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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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