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big tent

a political party's or coalition's policy or doctrine of allowing and encouraging a wide range of beliefs, opinions, and views among its members.
Origin of big tent
First recorded in 1960-65
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big-tent, adjective Unabridged
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  • After the song, Rashid and Hamid rolled themselves up in warm blankets in a corner of the big tent and were soon asleep.

    Our Little Arabian Cousin Blanche McManus
  • His reflection upon the big tent, however, was the fly in my ointment.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • Both Wyn and Mrs. Havel–the bravest of the seven gathered in the big tent–were frightened by this awful shock.

    Wyn's Camping Days Amy Bell Marlowe
  • “I am to meet a friend at the big tent,” I stiffly explained.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • Breakfast was served to the circus folk in the big tent, which had been put up in advance.

British Dictionary definitions for big tent

big tent

  1. a political approach in which a party claims to be open to a wide spectrum of constituents and groups
  2. (as modifier): big-tent politics
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