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.
- big-tent, adjective
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How to use big tent in a sentence
The shared micromobility market is a big tent, but there still isn’t room enough for everyone.
For all McCarthy’s attempts to maintain one, a big tent can be unwieldy.
Santorum embraced a more pragmatic big-tent approach to these candidates.Rick Santorum on ISIS & the Lack of Baptist Jihadis | Ben Jacobs | September 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The smaller “Flood Wall Street” eschewed the big-tent approach and focused on radical politics and aggressive activism.Occupy Climate Change! Hundreds Blame Capitalism at Flood Wall Street Rally | Jacob Siegel | September 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the World Vision scandal is just the latest indication that the “big tent” of Cold War evangelicalism has collapsed.
McAuliffe is a big-tent Democrat who stands four-square in favor of both corporations and people.
Burning down the big tent causes long-term electoral problems, especially in a country that is increasingly diverse, not less.Memo to the GOP: It’s Time to Listen to Your Elders | John Avlon | May 29, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
At midnight, however, Jimmy entered the big tent quietly with a lantern, touching each of the fresh men on the shoulder.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
The exhibition had already started, and they got inside the big tent-like enclosure as speedily as possible.The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
He left his seat in a hurry, and, elbowing his way through the crowd, started for the entrance to the big tent-like enclosure.The Rover Boys on the Farm | Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
He missed doing his tricks, too, and he missed seeing the boys and girls and their parents, in the big tent.Mappo, the Merry Monkey | Richard Barnum
It was soon decided to enlarge the Cave to accommodate five men, the other four consenting to squeeze into Stillwell's big tent.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for big tent
a political approach in which a party claims to be open to a wide spectrum of constituents and groups
(as modifier): big-tent politics
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