lightning rod Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “lightning rod” in the English Dictionary

"lightning rod" in American English

See all translations

lightning rodnoun [C]

 us   /ˈlɑɪt·nɪŋ ˌrɑd/

lightning rod noun [C] (STRIP OF METAL)

a ​strip of ​metal that ​prevents lightning from ​damaging a ​building by ​directing the ​electricity into the ​ground

lightning rod noun [C] (CRITICIZED PERSON)

someone who ​attractscriticism or ​anger that could be ​directed at someone ​else: Darman ​continues to be the ​White House's lightning rod, ​drawingcriticism from conservatives.
(Definition of lightning rod from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “lightning rod”
in Chinese (Simplified) 替罪羊,代人受过者, 引火烧身的人或事…
in Chinese (Traditional) 代罪羔羊,代人受過者, 引火燒身的人或事…
What is the pronunciation of lightning rod?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day

chestnut

a large tree with leaves divided into five parts and large round nuts that can be eaten

Word of the Day

In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
In London but at the station: prepositions for talking about travel
by Liz Walter,
September 02, 2015
Several readers have asked for information on prepositions, so I will start with a blog post that looks at an area where they are really important: travel. The first thing to remember is that we use to (and not ‘in’) after the verb go: We are going to London. I went to

Read More 

parklet noun
parklet noun
August 31, 2015
a public outdoor space that may be associated with a local business but where anyone can sit Pop-up cafes in NY are what’s actually called parklets in many other places around the country.

Read More