Meaning of “lightning conductor” in the English Dictionary

"lightning conductor" in British English

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lightning conductornoun [ C ]

uk /ˈlaɪt.nɪŋ kənˌdʌk.tər/ us /ˈlaɪt.nɪŋ kənˌdʌk.tɚ/ UK also mainly US lightning rod

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:

(Definition of “lightning conductor” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)