lightning rod


lightning rod

noun

: a metal rod that is placed on a building and connected with the ground below to protect the building from being damaged by lightning

: someone or something that attracts criticism or gets blamed when things go wrong

Full Definition of LIGHTNING ROD

1
:  a grounded metallic rod set up on a structure (as a building) to protect it from lightning
2
:  one that serves to divert attack from another
3
:  one that is a frequent target of criticism or focus of controversy <she has become a convenient lightning rod for voters' discontent with law-and-order issues — Aric Press et al.>

First Known Use of LIGHTNING ROD

1773

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: lightning stone
Previous Word in the Dictionary: lightningproof
All Words Near: lightning rod

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up lightning rod? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More