hold (one's) attention

hold (one's) attention

To keep one interested in or captivated by something. That show just doesn't hold my attention. Give the kids some toys—that should hold their attention for a while.
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hold someone's attention

Fig. to keep someone's attention; to keep someone interested. The boring teacher could not hold the students' attention. The mystery novel held my attention and I couldn't put it down.
See also: attention, hold