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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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Kipp's readers apparently do not think much of it, with only 9 percent saying Burj Khalifa was the UAE's main tourist attraction. In fact, 10 percent felt clubs and bars UAE attracted tourists the most.
Among the new attractions opening were the Conwy Mussel Museum, Gower Coast Adventures, and 1940s Swansea Bay, while attractions such as Penscynnor Wildlife Park, Celtica and Penhow Castle closed.
With the cost of oil now almost half 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 UK attractions are set to continue to soar.
"As you would expect, Edinburgh Castle and Kelvingrove are still the most visited paid and free attractions but what is particularly encouraging is the growth in visits to our other attractions."
And critics, including a former member of the zoo's board, claim the attraction deserves better.
Indian home furnishings, jewelry and art abound in Little India, but the food is the main attraction for most people.
I will refer to the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) as evidence for the Catholic interpretation of what to do about students who have same-sex attraction. Finally, I will conclude with some thoughts of my own, through which I hope to assist the bishops and those concerned for our Catholic students.
Bentz says the idea is to create a "critical mass of activity" to draw people and festival-goers into a year-round attraction. The historic CN Rail station on the property already houses a cafe, restaurant and other small retail shops.
There are a huge number of galleries, museums and other cultural attractions for visitors, including sites dedicated to art, film, photography and fashion.
One of Marseille's main attractions is Notre Dame de la Garde.
Until July 31, members of the Herriot Country Attractions Group have joined forces with neighbours, Castle Howard near Malton, for a special Passport scheme.
Saying Sing Sing prison could become the Alcatraz of the east, Westchester County Executive Andy Spano has called on the state's Empire State Development Corporation to fund construction of a prison museum that he thinks would be a major tourist attraction for the northeast.
Away from the theme parks, many visitors from around the world are discovering something they never expected--the Unexpected Orlando[R] that complements the fast-paced excitement of the attractions with the serenity of the area's natural beauty, man-made works of art and spirited performances--making it the complete vacation experience.
With more than 29,000 square miles, the Dominican Republic offers a huge variety of attractions, including nature parks, world-class beaches, cave and rapids adventures, world-class golf, water sports, a varied nightlife, the most exquisite gastronomy and handicrafts, centuries-old cultural and historic attractions and international festivals and carnivals for all tastes.
Peter Jordan's International Tourism Attractions in Central and Southeastern Europe offers, through its cartographic methodology, a fascinating glimpse of the geography of tourist attractions in a part of Europe, which until only a decade ago has been "out of bounds" for the average tourist, and really only became an integral part of a contiguous, continental European tourist space with the fall of the Berlin Wall.