Definition of lightning rod
1 : a grounded metallic rod set up on a structure (such 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
LIGHTNING ROD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of lightning rod for English Language Learners
: 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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