get a foot in the door
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get a/(one's) foot in the door
To have a chance to do something that could lead to further opportunities. The phrase is often used to refer to employment. An internship might not sound very interesting, but it's a great way to get your foot in the door at this company.
get a foot in the dooror
get your foot in the door
COMMON If you get a foot in the door or get your foot in the door, you make a small but successful start at becoming involved with an organization or a business. I really wanted to be a photographer and the only reason I took the job was because I thought it might help me get a foot in the door. Temping is a good way to get your foot in the door. Note: You can also use verbs such as have or want instead of get. The company said it issued the low bid because it wanted a foot in the door of a potentially lucrative market.