Definition of lightning rod noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    lightning rod

    BrE BrE//ˈlaɪtnɪŋ rɒd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈlaɪtnɪŋ rɑːd//
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  1. 1(North American English) = lightning conductor
  2. 2(especially North American English) a person or thing that attracts criticism, especially if the criticism is then not directed at somebody/something else
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: lightning rod

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