not get/have a look-in

not get a look in

To not have the opportunity to do something or to reveal one's skill in some area. Primarily heard in UK. I had really wanted to meet my favorite singer while he was at the convention, but there were so many people around him that I couldn't get a look in. Jim always takes control of a project, and the rest of us end up not getting a look in.
See also: get, look, not

not get/have a ˈlook-in

(British English, informal) not get the chance to do something you want because of other people who are better or more determined than you: There are too many good players, so I never get a look-in when they’re choosing the team.
See also: get, have, not