rivet (one's) attention (on someone or something)

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rivet (one's) attention (on someone or something)

1. To capture and hold one's attention completely. The astonishing magic trick riveted the audience's attention. The film riveted my attention from beginning to end.
2. To focus one's attention completely and continuously (on someone or something). I riveted my attention on the television as the final seconds of the game ticked away. I don't think I could handle celebrity. Having thousands of people rivet their attention on me every day sounds like a nightmare.
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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.
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It's a rare treat when screening a day's incoming book mail seeking reviews that one of them will so rivet my attention that the work process comes to a sudden stop while I read page after page after page until a couple of hours have passed and I've finished the book I was supposed to merely glance through to determine its eligibility for a review assignment.
Why, then, did his performance of the lovely Beethoven Fourth Concerto fail to rivet my attention on Tuesday night?
And the often billowy, overblown soundstage didn't rivet my attention, either.