from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A grounded metal rod placed high on a structure to prevent damage by conducting lightning to the ground.
- noun One that attracts criticism, often in such a way that criticism is diverted from something else.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A pointed, insulated metallic rod erected to protect a building or a vessel from lightning; a lightning-conductor. ;
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A
metallic conductorthat is attachedto a high point of a buildingand leads to the groundand protectsthe building from damageby lightning
- noun figuratively A
personor thingthat is a targetfor negative reactionsand distracts criticismfrom another target.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a metallic conductor that is attached to a high point and leads to the ground; protects the building from destruction by lightning
- noun someone who is a frequent target of negative reactions and serves to distract attention from another
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