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lightning conductor

noun [C] uk   UK ( also mainly US lightning rod) us  

lightning conductor noun [C] (METAL STRIP)

a strip of metal, going from the highest point of a building to the ground, that prevents lightning from damaging the building by taking the electricity to the ground before it can reach a dangerous level

lightning conductor noun [C] (FOR CRITICISM)

someone or something that takes all the blame or criticism in a situation, although other people or things are responsible too: In a harsh economic climate, pay rises for politicians have become a lightning conductor for criticism.
Translations of “lightning conductor”
in Chinese (Traditional) 避雷針…
in Chinese (Simplified) 避雷针…
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