Describing one's aggressive or pushy attempts to get someone to do something (as if a solicitor going door to door has literally stuck their foot in the door so that the other person cannot close it). I was considering signing your petition, but your foot-in-the-door methods have made me change my mind.
If you describe a way of doing something as foot-in-the-door, you mean that it is done in an aggressive or forceful way, in order to persuade someone to agree to do something which they probably do not want to do. Double glazing salesmen have become a bit of a national joke, what with their foot-in-the-door methods. For many people, the image of the foot-in-the-door tabloid hack represents all that they find distasteful about the journalist's trade. Note: If someone manages to put their foot in a doorway, they can prevent another person from closing the door and keeping them out.
foot in the doorSlang
1. An initial point of or opportunity for entry.
2. A first step in working toward a goal.