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Related to lightning rod: Lightning Protection
1. A grounded metal rod placed high on a structure to prevent damage by conducting lightning to the ground.
2. One that attracts criticism, often in such a way that criticism is diverted from something else.
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1. a rodlike metallic conductor installed to divert lightning away from a structure by providing a direct path to the ground.
2. a person or thing that attracts negative feelings, opinions, etc., thereby diverting them from other targets.
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|Noun||1.||lightning rod - someone who is a frequent target of negative reactions and serves to distract attention from another|
|2.||lightning rod - a metallic conductor that is attached to a high point and leads to the ground; protects the building from destruction by lightning|
conductor - a device designed to transmit electricity, heat, etc.
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