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Middle English in sted of in place of in in in1 stede place stead of of of
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
in + stead, from Middle English ine (“in”) + stede (“stead”).
I will try to make friends instead of enemies.
I always pictured myself driving a van instead of a truck.
Instead of dining out, we ordered a couple of pizzas.
Instead of improving, Destiny got steadily worse.
Instead of shifting with each step, the ground felt solid.
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