foot in the door


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a foot in the door

The 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 a foot in the door at this company.
See also: door, foot

foot-in-the-door

Aggressive or pushy in an attempt to get someone to do something. Likened to a door-to-door salesperson literally sticking their foot in the doorway so that the door cannot be closed. I was considering signing your petition, but your foot-in-the-door methods have made me change my mind.
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foot in the door

Slang
1. An initial point of or opportunity for entry.
2. A first step in working toward a goal.
See also: door, foot
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