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lightning rod

Something or someone that becomes the focus of others' criticism or blame. Primarily heard in US. The CEO became a lightning rod for criticism when his company laid off a third of its employees.
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a lightning rod for something

mainly AMERICAN
If someone is a lightning rod for something such as anger or criticism, they are the person who is naturally blamed or criticized by people, although there are other people who are responsible. She has become a lightning rod for criticism of the administration. He told the Palermo court he was an innocent lightning rod for Italy's many crime problems. Note: You can also just call someone a lightning rod. She was the party's chief manager, star campaigner and also its lightning rod. Note: A lightning rod is a long metal strip, one end of which is fixed on the roof of a building, with the other end in the ground to protect the building from being damaged by lightning.
See also: lightning, rod, something

lightning rod

n. someone, something, or an issue that is certain to draw criticism. Why write such a boastful introduction to your book. I will just be a lightning rod for criticism.
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"If you can't control what a person says with the normal mechanisms of we'll get rid of you, even a nice approach, if you can't make them say exactly what you want and they want me to basically say Jeremy Corbyn is the best thing since sliced bread, if they can't make you then like in any power and control model, violence is the way to control an uncontrollable person and so that's why I became a lightning rod because I say what I think.
New Delhi: Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who is wanted in India over loan default, on Tuesday said he has become the "Poster Boy" of bank default and a lightning rod of public anger.
The structure and its tip are simplified as a lightning rod placed in the middle part of the space domain on the ground.
The history of lightning protection goes back to the lightning conductor, known as a lightning rod in the United States, which was invented by one of America's Founding Fathers, Benjamin Franklin in 1749.
Omer the right to have a lightning rod on top of his house despite the religious objections of his neighbors.
In reality, a lightning rod raises the ground from grade up to the tips of the points, or air terminals.
It has long had a lightning rod, which was last updated in 2005.
Every infelicity of style is to be found in its pages: redundancies ("some little idiosyncratic eccentricity of Joe's"); euphemisms ("adverse collaterals"); non sequiturs ("people who had happened to be born short through no fault of their own"); needless prefatory phrases ("in fact, of course, as it turned out ..."); amateurish frequency of underscoring ("but that was exactly what a lightning rod was supposed to do"--one of nine examples on a single page); and those word repetitions that were the bane of Flaubert ("the funny thing was that he just thought it was funny to begin with").
He had received an email from a woman who said she had some glass balls and a lightning rod for sale.
How reasonably are we to consider the narrator's arguments about the benefits of a lightning rod system?
Also outdated is the notion that a lightning rod alone on the house will do the trick.
(3) which can be used to calculate the radius of protection for an object of a given height h under a lightning rod or mast of height H.
The Ten Commandments have become a lightning rod in U.S.
stores, Wal-Mart has been a lightning rod for criticism about its wage and benefits policy as well as lawsuits alleging gender discrimination.