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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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fatal attraction

An affinity for something or someone inherently harmful. This twentieth-century term appears in such locutions as, “Even after the deaths of hundreds of climbers, Mt. Everest continues to exert a fatal attraction for many mountaineers.” It was used as the title of a 1987 motion picture about a happily married man who has a weekend affair with a beautiful woman; she turns out to be psychotic and tries to destroy his and his family’s life.
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This latest addition to Dynamic Attractions portfolio is predicted to be a big hit in Asia, where there is a growing demand for theater attractions.
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This summer, Yorkshire's Magnificent Attractions is calling on the public to start voting for their favourite Yorkshire attraction to be in with a chance of winning Yorkshire's Most Magnificent Attraction title.
Each voucher will get you a FREE adult or child ticket when you accompany someone paying a full adult day rate at any of the attractions listed.
I've been trying to fill the gaps, and the early results show that the number of visitor attractions in Wales is now slightly lower than it was 10 years ago at about 575.
If the bid is successful the money will be invested in new technology to help promote tourism attractions through new media such as social media networking sites.
With the cost of oil now almost twice the price it was a year ago and predictions of interest rates as low as just three per cent within a year, visitor numbers to attractions are set to continue to soar.
Other notable increases to attractions in the region were to the National Memorial Arboretum with an increase of 100 per cent and the Royal Air Force Museum, with an increase of 70 per cent.
5 million visitors Blackpool Pleasure Beach remains the top free entrance attraction both for the region and Windermere Lake Cruises wasthe region's most visited paid for attraction in 2007 with 1.
Proving the reason it was selected as 2008 European Capital of Culture, visitors to the Liverpool area are well served by free attractions-half of the region's 10 most popular attractions are in Merseyside.
In the North East 119 attractions took part in the survey.
According to the annual Visitor Attraction Monitor, compiled for Visit Scotland by independent research body the Moffat Centre, Edinburgh Castle once again topped the list of paid attractions.
Carlson Hotels, owner of the Radisson hotel chain, have European travel agents and will put together packages to include the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, Searchmont Ski Resort and other local attractions.