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make inroads (in/into something)

To successfully advance into or encroach upon some new area. A: "How's the research going?" B: "We've made inroads, but there's still a long way to go until a treatment is ready." Our product is finally starting to make inroads into the Chinese market. I was just starting to make inroads in the conversation with him when the party started winding down.
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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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and European lager beers have made inroads. Stout still holds about 40% of the Irish market, but lager beers have seized 50% share.
Poshard made inroads partly because his campaign "made it a point to get out [to the suburbs] early," he said.
The Portuguese company has already made inroads into the port market with the Ferreira and Offley brands...JJ:(PhD/AFP)
The chartered surveyor from Hemel Hempstead, pictured with his wife Tina and family, said: "Tina has already made inroads into the money with things for the house, and for some strange reason all the family have developed a sudden interest in driving nice cars!"
Both Egypt and Israel are importing Eastern European hardwoods, particularly Romanian beech, while hardwoods from Malaysia and other Asian countries have made inroads elsewhere.
"The Church's constant missionary proclamation is endangered today by relativistic theories which seek to justify religious pluralism," meaning thereby that 'one religion is as good as another,' a notion which has made inroads even among Catholics.
Cossio, meanwhile, has made inroads at the National Institute for Fine Arts, where he took a full-time job.
But religious conservative leaders have watched with trepidation as McCain has made inroads with moderate and independent voters who are often deeply suspicious of the religious right.
Separate cemeteries emerged about the time that Christianity made inroads among the lower classes, a period when Christians increasingly came to see Jewish communities as "a political concept of social organization" and not as individuals (p.
"The marketing programs have made inroads," said Jones, "and as a result of our government affairs program, AFS and the metalcasting industry is now recognizable in Washington, D.C.
It was no surprise that the 486 computer had made inroads in both CPA firms and in industry.
Although reinforced polymers have already made inroads for certain specialty applications, polymers suited for larger-scale structural uses remain uninvented.
The PPP made inroads in Latifabad taluka winning a PS seat for the first time.
Western banks have only made inroads into the two Asian markets of Hong Kong and Singapore, according to the study, Frontiers in Finance.
Broad swiftly made inroads to finish with 5-59 from 11 overs, with Marcus Trescothick defiant on 63 not out as the visitors reached 120-6 at the close, 142 ahead.