Mar 29th, 2012, 12:55 am
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Join Date: Dec 15th, 2011
| | Re: Get your foot in the door
To "get a foot in the door" can be used in pretty much any scenario involving pursuing an opportunity or goal of some kind. It is used to describe when you take a critical initial step in seizing an opportunity, and it usually makes things easier from there.
It is a metaphor for keeping a door open when someone else is pushing it closed. If someone is pushing a door closed from the other side, and you stick your foot in the doorway, the door won't close all the way, so you'll be able to get a good grip and push back.
It can be used in other, non-career, situations as well:
"I wanted to train at the new exclusive sports club downtown, but I heard it was tough to get a membership. It turns out my cousin is dating the owner, so she'll introduce me. That should get my foot in the door!"