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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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Managing director Chris Ebsworth said: "Ours is a familyrun business, set up when there was a gap in the market for an educational-based visitor attraction.
FUNDING is being sought for a pounds 1m project to boost tourist attractions in north west Wales and the Republic of Ireland.
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The majority of attraction sectors have grown in popularity with visitor and heritage centres showing the biggest increase of 12 per cent.
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Blackpool Pleasure Beach remains the region's - and England's - leading free attraction and The Lowry pushes Tate Liverpool back one place to third.
The only UK attraction that increased visitor numbers faster than Alnwick Garden was Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent, where visitors numbers rose by 50% from 300,000 to 450,000.
The attraction, along with the Heritage Village, was awarded the 2005 Innovation Award from the Tourism Federation of Ontario and the 2006 Tourism Industry Association of Canada-Business of the Year Award.