inroad

inroad

/ˈɪnrəʊd/
noun
1 usually make inroads in/into/on – An instance of something being encroached on or reduced by something else.
2 A hostile attack; a raid.

Origin
Mid 16th century (in inroad (sense 2 of the noun)): from in+ road (from an early use in the sense ‘riding’).

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The duke and his trusted henchmen crossed into the neighboring region on the day after their lord died, planning to “offer condolences and support” to the ten-year-old successor. In fact the duke planned a regency through which he might make inroads and assume control of the land.

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