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.
See also: attention, rivet, someone

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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References in classic literature ?
When our visitor had disappeared, Sherlock Holmes's movements were such as to rivet our attention. He began by taking a clean white cloth from a drawer and laying it over the table.
If, indeed, Christ is in all and informs all we do, the act of creation and the consequences of our actions upon that creation, should rivet our attention in this time of crisis.
For virtually all of us, few other topics can rivet our attention more than politics.
Local headlines rivet our attention on the Disbursement Acceleration Program.
Victims of natural disasters such as flooding in New Orleans or a tsunami in South Asia rivet our attention, as do the victims of man-made horrors in such places as Darfur and Rwanda.
As Nixon himself said of the crowds that came to hear him: "They're here because they want to hear what I have to say, but they're [also] here because they say, `What makes this guy tick?'" Nixon and his sordid cast of henchmen repel us even as they rivet our attention, like scenes of carnage by the side of the road.