a damaging or serious encroachment:
inroads on our savings.
a sudden hostile or predatory incursion; raid; foray.
an invasion or hostile attack; raid or incursion
an encroachment or intrusion
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
- In round numbers
Also, in round figures. As an approximate estimate. For example, How much will the new highway cost, in round numbers? or In round figures a diamond of this quality is worth five thousand dollars, but it depends on the market at the time of selling. This idiom, which uses round in the sense of “whole” […]
[in-ruhsh] /ˈɪnˌrʌʃ/ noun 1. a or pouring in. /ˈɪnˌrʌʃ/ noun 1. a sudden usually overwhelming inward flow or rush; influx
1. Immigration and Naturalization Service. 2. International News Service, a news-gathering agency: merged in 1958 with United Press to form United Press International. [in] /ɪn/ preposition 1. (used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits): walking in the park. 2. (used to indicate inclusion within something abstract or immaterial): in politics; in the […]
- In sack cloth and ashes
[sak-klawth, -kloth] /ˈsækˌklɔθ, -ˌklɒθ/ noun 1. . 2. coarse worn as a sign of mourning or penitence. Idioms 3. in sackcloth and ashes, in a state of repentance or sorrow; contrite: She would be in sackcloth and ashes for days over every trifling error she made. /ˈsækˌklɒθ/ noun 1. coarse cloth such as sacking 2. […]