big tent


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big tent

n.
A group, especially a political coalition, that accommodates people who have a wide range of beliefs, principles, or backgrounds.

big′-tent′ adj.

big tent

n
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy)
a. a political approach in which a party claims to be open to a wide spectrum of constituents and groups
b. (as modifier): big-tent politics.
References in classic literature ?
It was during the afternoon performance, and the big tent was filled with women and children, when I went looking for Red Denny, the head canvas-man, who had walked off with my pocket-knife.
A few minutes later I was in the big tent, where I had overhauled Red Denny.
The Long Beach Convention Center will serve as the big tent from Wednesday through March 2 for the 51st edition of the Fred Hall's Western Fishing Tackle & Boat Show.
They say they're for a big tent but it's really a sideshow.
I became a Republican because I want to help fill the big tent that our party has raised to attract all Americans,'' Powell said, speaking hours after the party adopted a platform that calls for measures such as banning abortion.
Some in the fall of '96 warned that having Powell speak shouldn't be interpreted as meaning theirs was the party of the big tent.
I came here and did a concert in the big tent in 2004 and that was magic, I remember it was so warm and it was absolutely packed," Marti tells Insider.
The apparent Saudi and Egyptian intention of setting up a political big tent to unify the Sunnis in the North means that some of Syria's Sunni allies might soon be offered a path back into Parliament.
The family set up a big tent on Mecca Street that is open to the public.
The ceremony, hosted by Sarah Silverman in a big tent on Santa Monica Beach, is the hipster equivalent of the Oscars, meant mainly to honor modestly budgeted films that don't toe the studio line.
Or you can tell them that you never really supported their fight against gay rights, that you believe in the big tent.
If you have never been and if you think that it's all about competitive singing and recitation in a big tent with grown-up men and women dressed up as druids in silly costumes, make an effort this week to find out that you are so very wrong.