Definition of tent pole in English:

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tent pole

noun

1A pole supporting a tent.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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