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noun [countable]  /ˈtent ˌpəʊl /
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singulartent pole
pluraltent poles
  1. 1
    a pole that holds up a tent

    Tim’s tent pole had snapped under the force of the wind.

  2. 2
    [often before noun] mainly American a very successful product, especially a film, that allows the makers to pay for other projects

    With Chuck and Richard’s experience producing tentpoles, they are the perfect producers to bring this potential franchise to theaters.

    This meaning is based on one submitted to the Open Dictionary by: Harris Park from United Kingdom on 27/06/2012
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