tent pole - definition and synonyms

noun [countable]  /ˈtent ˌpəʊl /
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.

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  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.

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