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.
See also: attention, grip
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Rhys Williams, of NUT Cymru, a former English teacher, said Conrad's War was always popular with boys, mainly because it gripped their attention from the start with its depiction of a dad hugging a toilet - guaranteed to appeal to a young lad's sense of humour.
We started at the entrance hall where there is a huge elephant's tooth which gripped their attention right away.