big tent

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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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That reaching out to new skiers while not ignoring the base appears to work the same way on the slopes as it does in big-tent politics.
Because of the infrequent nature of this kind of big-tent event, no organization would loose control over its own identity for that short period of time; yet, they would all foster greater cooperation both within the global interfaith movement and without.
Most or all of these would have been anathema in the era of big-tent Cold War liberalism; in an age where the individual's duty to the state is no longer so clear, we live with them comfortably.
As a gay man, I am tired of being lumped into a big-tent category that includes the gender-dysphoric.
To the consternation of the Christian Coalition, Dole and McCain (who rank second and third in most polls) have also been preaching the big-tent rhetoric that almost disappeared from the GOP lexicon following the 1994 Gingrich revolution.
We subscribe to the big-tent theory," he says, noting that participants and volunteer trainers are from such diverse groups as Greenpeace, Earth First
The profile-boosting deal means the hospital's Imagine appeal will be showcased at each big-tent concert this summer and will receive the support of every celebrity performer.
Jim Murphy appears to have both after unveiling his proposals for big-tent politics or, as he puts it, Team Scotland.
Unsurprisingly, Renoir's big-tent humanism did not sit well with the Nazis.
Gallegly supporters say his strength crosses party lines because he is a so-called big-tent Republican, a phrase used to describe the party's efforts to reach out to new members.
It showed that the Valley is rich in diversity, drawing strength from the nation's big-tent tradition.