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big tent

1. noun A group, movement, or philosophy that appeals or caters to, or encompasses, the broadest and most diverse amount of members possible. We pride our church on being something of a big tent, welcoming any and all who wish to join us. The party is trying to establish itself as a big tent, broadening its aims to appeal to the widest amount of voters possible.
2. adjective (often hyphenated) Appealing or catering to, or encompassing, the broadest and most diverse amount of members possible. In my opinion, their big-tent politics, while reaching more people, dilute the potency of their goals.
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But as things look now, a big tent strategy backed by the Saudis makes more likely a unified list in Tripoli, which means Hariri will have to surrender some of his parliamentarians.
Animals escaping from the big tent, children thrown off pony or elephant rides, trainers attacked or trampled by animals, and animal bites to patrons and performers are just a few examples.
Hannah, who lives in Neath, wrote: 'The shopping centre looks like a big tent in the woods and it has a cinema.
The inclusive, big tent, we're-all-in-this-together, can't-we-just-get-along, and aren't-those-minorities-talented Republicans.
At a news conference held on a rainy street corner two blocks from convention center in Madison Square Garden, Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry castigated the GOP for erecting a big tent beneath which conservatives and moderates could find shelter.
To get more of these local precautionary ordinances passed and to create a big tent campaign, the Environmental Health Alliance is building partnerships with local, regional and national groups.
If these new movements remain loyal to the Catholic core, then they can still fit within the big tent.
Would you like to spend the cost of dozens of new hospitals on a big tent, in the middle of nowhere, where you'll spend a fortune to see things that claim to improve your mind while Gran faints in the queue and little Billy upchucks the fried fast food?
We're in this big tent with this big set, so you get a bit of a status break: You can do these things you haven't thought of before.
Admirable, but the Big Tent includes more than technology and geography.
Photography, as conceived here, is a big tent, with room for both the real and the imaginary.
You should be filling in these pages with what you saw, passing the big tent.
A Day at the Circus" probably works better for older kids, with its story of the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus on the move from city to city, setting up its big tent in the grand tradition.
There's even room in this big tent for gay and lesbian writers--albeit very canonical ones (Oscar Wilde, Willa Cather) whose works don't betray their personal proclivities.
The agreement, to be supported with a national integrated campaign, beyond prepaid, to include television, digital, and direct to consumer marketing efforts, was announced today by Western Union, Telemundo and Big Tent Entertainment, the licensing agent of record for the Telemundo brand, on behalf of NBC Universal Television Consumer Products Group.