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Someone who demands an exceptionally or unreasonably high level of minute detail or accuracy in something. Used especially in reference to hobbyists, particularly in the field of model train building. I might be considered a rivet counter by others, but I'm particularly proud of the level of detail that goes into my model sets. I can't stand seeing movies with a rivet counter like Jerry. After every film, he just sits there listing all the factual inaccuracies in it rather than just enjoying the darn thing!
rivet the eyes on
To stare or gape at something. Often used as an imperative. Rivet the eyes on this—my first A in Chemistry!
be riveted to the spot
To be immobilized by fear or surprise. A: "Why didn't you move when that dog lunged at you?" B: "I don't know, I was just riveted to the spot!"
be riveted to the ground
To be immobilized by fear or surprise. A: "Why didn't you move when that dog lunged at you?" B: "I don't know, I was just riveted to the ground!"
mad enough to chew nails and spit rivets
Seethingly angry; furious to the point of becoming irrational. I tell you, I was mad enough to chew nails and spit rivets when they told me they'd given the grant to that hack, Dr. Warner. The boss was mad enough to chew nails and spit rivets after he heard we'd lost the Jefferson account.
rivet one's gaze on someone or somethingand rivet one's glare on someone or something
Fig. to fasten one's gaze onto someone or something. (As if it were attached by rivets.) He riveted his gaze on the surly young man. Walter riveted his hateful glare on the last page of the contract and sneered.
rivet someone's attention
Fig. to keep someone's attention fixed [on something]. The movie riveted the audience's attention. Professor Jones's lecture riveted the students' attention.
rivet something on(to) somethingand rivet something on
to attach something to something with rivets. The pockets of these jeans are riveted onto the body of the pants. You should rivet on this part of the frame to the wall.
riveted to the ground
Fig. [of someone or someone's feet] unable to move. I was riveted to the ground out of fear. My feet were riveted to the ground and I could not move an inch.
be ˌriveted to the ˈspot/ˈgroundbe so shocked or frightened that you cannot move: As he walked away, she wanted to run after him but she felt frozen, riveted to the spot.
n. dollars; money. (From copper rivets.) You got enough rivets on you for a snack?
See also: rivet