Definition of tent pole in English:

tent pole

Syllabification: tent pole


  • 1A pole supporting a tent.
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    • Dressed just in pyjamas, they attempted to secure the tent in a howling gale, only to discover a tent pole had broken.
    • There's a slab of concrete where the tent pole goes in.
    • Lounging against barriers erected for crowd control, they offered unsolicited advice to frazzled young ladies tangled in a complex mass of tent poles.
  • 2 [usually as modifier] informal , chiefly US A movie that is expected to be very successful and therefore able to fund a range of related products or movies: tent-pole movies can run to three hundred million or more in total costs
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    • Yes, Ang Lee is directing a summer tent pole.
    • Director Alejandro Agresti and his team are hereby remanded from making any studio tent pole pictures with budgets greater than $25 million.
    • I see it as a tent pole for summer 2003.

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