get one's foot in the door

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To initiate contact or a relationship; to gain access, especially to an entry-level job.

Etymology:

  • Probably from a practice attributed to door-to-door salesmen of placing a foot in the opening of a prospective customer's door, thereby preventing the person from closing the door until the conclusion of the sales pitch.
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Submitted on September 01, 2009

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