get foot in the door

get one's foot in the door

Fig. to complete the first step in a process. (Alludes to people selling things from door-to-door and blocking the door with a foot so it cannot be closed on them.) I think I could get the job if I could only get my foot in the door. It pays to get your foot in the door. Try to get an appointment with the boss.
See also: door, foot, get

get your foot in the door

also have your foot in the door
to have an opportunity This part-time work has allowed Frank to get his foot in the door and he hopes it will lead to a full-time job.
See also: door, foot, get