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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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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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Word Origin and History for big-tent

in reference to welcoming all sorts and not being ideologically narrow, American English, 1982 with reference to religion, by 1987 with reference to politics.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Welcoming all sorts; hospitable: NOW itself is a big-tent organization, abidingly tolerant of all attitudes (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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