big tent
a) A group, philosophy, or social or political movement that encompasses or seeks to attract a broad range of members or constituents.

The newcomers often bring an array of ancillary problems to meetings, including emotional trauma and addiction to other drugs. As the organization metamorphoses, its supporters wonder whether A.A. [Alcoholics Anonymous] can or should be such a big tent.

b) Pertaining to, representing, or advocating such a group, philosophy, or movement.

They are not a slice of Americana, as we usually say, but rather, a broad brush of it. While most of our successful sports franchises display some distinct personality, only the Cowboys offer the big tent.


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