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    lightning rods

    ...the three were bound together on a scientific odyssey that would, within a few short years, turn them into heroes, pariahs, lightning rods, punching bags -- a whole range of metaphorical social roles...

    What does lightning rods symbolize for?


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    Re: lightning rods

    Quote Originally Posted by Eway
    ...the three were bound together on a scientific odyssey that would, within a few short years, turn them into heroes, pariahs, lightning rods, punching bags -- a whole range of metaphorical social roles...

    What does lightning rods symbolize for?
    Lightning rods attrackt lightning, call it danger, attention in this sentence

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    Re: lightning rods

    A lightning-rod can be used idiomatically to mean someone who attracts negative criticism, taking it away from others.

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