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make inroads into something

Fig. to succeed in getting something done or at least started. George was unable to make inroads into solving the problem. We are making no inroads into the high-priority project.
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make inroads into

Encroach on, advance at another's expense, as in The Japanese rapidly made inroads into the computer-chip market. The noun inroad originally meant "an invasion." [Late 1600s]
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make inroads in/into something

1 reduce the amount of something: Repairs to the house had made deep inroads into their savings.
2 advance successfully into a new area: Doctors are making great inroads in the fight against cancer.Their products are already making inroads in these new markets.
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References in classic literature ?
I asked our guides whose dominion this was in, and they told me this was a kind of border that might be called no man's land, being a part of Great Karakathy, or Grand Tartary: that, however, it was all reckoned as belonging to China, but that there was no care taken here to preserve it from the inroads of thieves, and therefore it was reckoned the worst desert in the whole march, though we were to go over some much larger.
Grodzinski in the Summer/Fall 2012 issue of Inroads.
Inroads, on Market Street in Huddersfield town centre, works with people aged 16 to 30.
The Dial Corporation was awarded Company of the Year by Inroads at the organization's 19th annual awards banquet.
The victory of the Holy League secured Christian Europe, at least for a while, from further inroads by the 'religion of peace'.
He just needs to sort out the other side of his life - and is making big inroads on doing that.
The highly danceable music, which resembles an electronic offspring of polka, first grabbed hold in Puerto Rico before making inroads in major Latino markets in Miami, Los Angeles and New York.
Moon has used the faith-based initiative to build support in the African-American community and lure pastors into conservative politics, and this grant may give him further inroads there.
If we are to prevent these views from making great inroads into the Church, we would do well to attend not so much to what the apologists for homosexuality have decided is the new orthodoxy but how they have managed to pull off such a stunning heist of apostolic Christianity.
The left made more inroads into Latin America" with the election of Tabare Varquez to serve as president of Uruguay, reported the AP on November 1.
He says the initial nylon truck sump fails within the 20% non-structural market sector where thermoplastics are most likely to make early inroads.
Indeed, [contrary to] Ted Wells' proud assertion that he is making inroads in places where black attorneys were once not able to go, maybe there are places that black attorneys with any conscience and self-awareness should be ashamed of going.
Snack brands are making inroads into the school playground that no other categories can match, according to new research.
The outbound call centre for Canadian cable companies seeks to make inroads in the U.
The Toledo Excel Program and Toledo INROADS programs are two of the numerous initiatives at UT aimed at building community for students of color.