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center of attraction

A person, place, or thing that attracts the most attention among others. There were many movie stars at the premiere, but the leading lady was the center of attraction. Temple Bar is definitely the center of attraction in Dublin.
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fatal attraction

1. In a romantic relationship, an attraction to the very qualities in a person that ultimately lead to the relationship falling apart. John had a fatal attraction to the wild, uninhibited life Cynthia led, but she cared more about "living free" than having a functional relationship. I was completely enamored by his self-confidence and charm, but it was just a fatal attraction to a man who turned out to be a complete narcissist.
2. An intense and obsessive infatuation with another person, especially by a spurned lover, that might lead to harassment or violence. A: "I broke up with Chris over two months ago, but he's still constantly checking in on me and even started threatening this new guy I started seeing." B: "Whoa, talk about a fatal attraction."
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center of attraction, the

Something or someone that attracts the most interest or curiosity. For example, The Ferris wheel is always the center of attraction at our carnival, or Jan is the center of attraction wherever she goes. This expression comes from physics, where since about 1770 it has denoted the point to which bodies tend by gravity or the action of centripetal force.
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Go Select Oahu offers a choice of more than 30 attractions including Battleship Missouri Memorial, Kailua Ocean Adventures and Dole Pineapple Plantation
4-D attractions seem to be the new ``it'' thing at theme parks.
People of all ages and walks of life attend haunted attractions for different reasons.
Participating attractions will offer either one or two free children's tickets for one full-paying adult, Two for One entry or another special offer.
Phone numbers and web addresses of the participating attractions can be found at the website below.
in Buena Park has 22 major water rides and attractions, including the 1,250-foot-long Sparkletts Sunset River and the Gremmie Lagoon water playground for kids and parents.
Hard Rock Park's partners were equally as excited about this opportunity to develop pioneering attractions that would appeal to the whole family.
We've always had the behind- the-scenes movie component, but after adding more theme park-type attractions over the last several years, Revenge of the Mummy brings it full circle so now this place is much, much more than just the tram tour.
Run by a non-profit board of directors under the city's tourism department, the combined attractions of the Shania Twain Centre and the gold mine tour is a self-sufficient operation that is "well on its way" to breaking even in revenues, he says.
The Go Select Miami pass is like a theme park pass to the city that lets visitors build their own discounted admission pass to any of the 20+ attractions of their choice in Miami, Orlando, the Space Coast, or virtually any participating attraction on the Eastern Seaboard.
have a real adventure with the kids this summer using brilliant 2-for-1 vouchers to top UK attractions.
Knott's Berry Farm has placed an emphasis on big thrill attractions, including Silver Bullet.
Aside from participating in sprucing up the Norgoma, McMillan is dedicating his 2002 tourism marketing campaign to building on the successful Agawa Canyon Tour Train marketshare program, which packages up local destination attractions through the accommodations sector.
ATLANTA -- Atlanta CityPass([R]) whittles holiday or winter visits to Atlanta's razzle-dazzle attractions down to a few clicks online.
Folly Farm at Begelly, one of Pembrokeshire's most popular visitor attractions, has gone from strength to strength in its 22 years as a privately-owned attraction.