Definition of lightning rod
- she has become a convenient lightning rod for voters' discontent with law-and-order issues
- —Aric Press et al.
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: 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
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to cause to suffer severely from hunger
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