Definition of tent pole in English:

tent pole

noun

  • 1A pole supporting a tent.

    • ‘They were electrocuted apparently after losing control of a giant tent pole that fell against a power line.’
    • ‘There's a slab of concrete where the tent pole goes in.’
    • ‘Another was damaged when a tent pole was hurled at it.’
    • ‘Certainly the ground reveals the existence of brick structures and holes for tents poles.’
    • ‘Three days later, the runner spotted a small Muslim shrine, and he set his Italian flag outside on a tent pole.’
    • ‘The nervous woman wasn't thrilled to see me at her door again, but accepted my story that I'd lost one of my tent poles.’
    • ‘Lounging against barriers erected for crowd control, they offered unsolicited advice to frazzled young ladies tangled in a complex mass of tent poles.’
    • ‘Dressed just in pyjamas, they attempted to secure the tent in a howling gale, only to discover a tent pole had broken.’
    • ‘No tent poles, no tripping over strings, that is no arguments, no mud leaking into the Nylon House.’
    • ‘Mules and donkeys walk among them, some saddled and laden, others bearing wooden tent poles.’
    • ‘Opening ceremonies were interrupted for a time when a tent pole came crashing down on a visitor.’
    • ‘I pack my tent poles in old pillowcases or a canvas bag to prevent accidental punctures to tent fabric.’
    • ‘Ropes, canvas, tent poles, rugs, and oil for lamps were all there.’
    • ‘Don't touch metallic objects like ice axes, crampons, tent poles, or jewelry.’
    • ‘They are surrounded by several lean-tos held up by tent poles, and everything is draped in camouflage netting.’
    • ‘It was so quiet that the gentle creaking of the wooden tent poles in the breeze seemed like a storm in a forest.’
    • ‘Shuffling over to us, Will looked less than enthusiastic as Dylan handed her a collection of rusty tent poles.’
    • ‘I left my tent poles in the garage, making my tent useless, so we borrowed my brother-in-law's backpacking tent.’
    • ‘A local reporter also suffering a concussion after he was hit by a tent pole.’
    • ‘I was looking up at the preacher when I noticed a young blond woman standing beside one of the tent poles.’
  • 2US informal [usually as modifier] 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’
    • ‘Warner Bros. superhero tent pole grossed a solid $52.5 million on its opening weekend and $74 million over the five-day Fourth of July frame.’
    • ‘Today's cinema audiences also associate comic book-themed releases with " big tent pole entertainment ", said Martin Grove, columnist for the Hollywood Reporter online.’
    • ‘Mel is intent on finding his "tent pole" movie: the one film that will make enough money to keep his studio afloat.’
    • ‘He said that " the summer season is an ideal window for a family tent pole release, as proven by the success of our last Harry Potter film ".’
    • ‘The tactic could lead to a horribly misshapen industry, in which a handful of "tent pole" titles are released every year doubtless big sequels and entertainment franchise tie-ins.’
    • ‘Yes, Ang Lee is directing a summer tent pole.’
    • ‘I see it as a tent pole for summer 2003.’
    • ‘By then, it may well pass the box-office totals posted last year by such summer tent poles as Mamma Mia!’
    • ‘Director Alejandro Agresti and his team are hereby remanded from making any studio tent pole pictures with budgets greater than $25 million.’