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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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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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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George comes across the water again and makes his way to that curious region lying about the Haymarket and Leicester Square which is a centre of attraction to indifferent foreign hotels and indifferent foreigners, racket-courts, fighting- men, swordsmen, footguards, old china, gaming-houses, exhibitions, and a large medley of shabbiness and shrinking out of sight.
Summary: Chittoor (Andhra Pradesh) [India], Sept 5 (ANI): A 30-feet-tall Lord Ganesha made up of around 2 lakh bangles is the new centre of attraction for devotees who are thronging in large numbers for the darshan of Bangle Ganesha here at Thummalagunta village as part of the ongoing Ganesh Chaturthi festival.
QUETTA -- Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal has said that Gwadar is a centre of attraction for the world as investors are keen to come in Gwadar.
Adil, a youngster told this scribe that stalls along roads in the main markets had become centre of attraction for most of youngsters.
News The Chinese Arch is the centre of attraction for the Chinese New Year celebrations Picture: COLIN LANE
Peshawar's Rani, Nowshera's Mastani and Charsadda's Ravi were the centre of attraction in the buffalo contest.
The World Cup runners-up were the centre of attraction at the RDS where stars including Anna O'Flanagan showed off their silver medals to fans.
Sial Sharif is based in district Sargodha where the shrine of Hazrat Khawaja Shamsuddin Sialvi is the centre of attraction for the followers of the Barelvi sect of Muslims since the 19th century.
The valley has different natural sights which are the centre of attraction for tourists.
FAISALABAD -- Lyallpur Art and Literature Festival remained the centre of attraction for the art and literature lovers on the fourth day at University of Agriculture Faisalabad (UAF).
The CJI's courtroom was the centre of attraction for lawyers, litigants and journalists as probably for the first time, two projectors were installed to enable the UIDAI CEO to make a case in favour of Aadhaar.
It seems more like Mr Crisp is the one not complying with the law, and because of that he now finds himself the centre of attraction.
" It was an ode to him and he could not have stopped us from doing that," said the actor, who admitted that De Niro, being an extremely private person hates to be the centre of attraction. " He said that the film was ' terrific', which was a lot as he is a man of few words," said Kher.
Buffy, the symbol of the Teesside NSPCC centenary appeal, was the centre of attraction for the youngster when it came to collecting cash.
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