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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.
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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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The second and fatal blow was struck later in the same year when he invented the lightning rod.
To quote a retired lightning rod salesman, "Lightning rods are a true insurance policy through prevention, rather than dealing with the damage after the fact
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").
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He said now there was a state of things to make a man glad to be alive; and added, "I leave it to you if you ever saw anything more deliriously picturesque than eight lightning rods on one chimney?
Unfortunately, Ellis's search for lightning rods yields few really solid examples.
He said now there was a state of things to make a man glad to be alive and added, "I leave it to you if you ever saw anything more deliriously picturesque than eight lightning rods on one chimney?
a manufacturer with an electric product mix ranging from lightning rods and weather vanes to small passenger buses, recreational vehicles and van conversions.
A lightning protection system includes lightning rods, conductors, low-resistance grounding electrodes and several stages of surge protection.
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Even though ``The Hunchback of Notre Dame'' may sport lightning rods as prominent as the landmark cathedral's bell towers, Disney animation president Peter Schneider pointed out that, at this early date, any controversy remains speculative.
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