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lightning rod

n.
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.

light′ning rod`


n.
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.
[1780–90, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lightning rod - someone who is a frequent target of negative reactions and serves to distract attention from anotherlightning rod - someone who is a frequent target of negative reactions and serves to distract attention from another
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
2.lightning rod - a metallic conductor that is attached to a high point and leads to the groundlightning 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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Now, as the lightning rod to a spire on shore is intended to carry off the perilous fluid into the soil; so the kindred rod which at sea some ships carry to each mast, is intended to conduct it into the water.
She sat by the window trying to make some sort of plan, watching the lightning play over the hilltop and the streams of rain chasing each other down the lightning rod.
Rebecca heard the sound of the sewing machine in the dining-room and the chopping of meat in the kitchen; so knowing the whereabouts of both her aunts, she scrambled out of the window, caught hold of the lightning rod, slid down to the helpful cleat, jumped to the porch, used the woodbine trellis for a ladder, and was flying up the road in the storm before she had time to arrange any details of her future movements.
Rushing to the building, it perceived the lightning rod, clambered up with inconceivable agility, grasped the shutter, which was thrown fully back against the wall, and, by its means, swung itself directly upon the headboard of the bed.
A lightning rod is ascended without difficulty, especially by a sailor; but, when he had arrived as high as the window, which lay far to his left, his career was stopped; the most that he could accomplish was to reach over so as to obtain a glimpse of the interior of the room.
The money for the hardwood floors went into lightning rods.
Beginning with the annual Elvis birthday festivities in January, throughout 2006 Elvis Presley Enterprises will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the year Elvis Presley became a superstar and the lightning rod for the controversy of early rock 'n' roll.
Hessinger was hired earlier this year by a board supportive of then-SAG President Melissa Gilbert to replace Bob Pisano, who had become a lightning rod for criticism among the Membership First members, who had long sought to oust him.
The Morning Party--particularly, the drug taking associated with it--has been a lightning rod for criticism ever since the event was adopted by the circuit several years ago.
LOS ANGELES -- Back in the mid-90s, the talented upstart street poet and performer Canibus made a monstrous impact on the East Coast rap world in two very different ways--as a budding new star on the underground mix tape market scene, and as the lightning rod of controversy in a misunderstanding with superstar LL Cool J which led to a longstanding feud.
He was brought in to replace SAG's previous CEO, Bob Pisano, who had become a lightning rod for criticism among certain board members who had long sought to oust him.
With its youthful staff (the average age is 25), high number of female journalists, and a commitment to professional journalism and neutral reporting, Shargh is a lightning rod for censorship.