grip (one's) attention

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grip (one's) attention

To hold one's attention. It took me a while to make my way through that exhibit because each of the paintings completely gripped my attention.
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While the national elections have gripped our attention, there are crucial battles being fought in numerous states, major cities and even small communities.
EARSDON GRANGE WI: Peter Heywood's talk on "The People's Kitchen" really gripped our attention. There are no paid workers and Mr Heywood praised the qualities of the many volunteers who help there, in particular the younger ones.
Yet again it is the sexual indiscretions of our politicians that has gripped our attention.
The Senate Finance Committee's hearings on IRS abuses gripped our attention in ways the campaign hearings never have.
Before the Heaven's Gate suicide gripped our attention, the media were targeting another variety of high-tech weirdos: Silicon Valley entrepreneurs who haven't given away "enough" of their newfound wealth.