inroads


noun

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

noun

  1. an invasion or hostile attack; raid or incursion
  2. an encroachment or intrusion
n.

1540s, “hostile incursion, raid, foray,” from in- (2) “in;” second element is road in the obsolete sense of “riding;” related to raid. Related: Inroads.

see make inroads into.

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