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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On the first read-through the rationales behind the operations held my interest most and I skimmed over the technical, hands-on instructions, but I imagine once put to use as intended, the latter would rivet your attention. I would recommend the whole be read through first.
Some bands rivet your attention the first time you hear them.
Caviezel's a capable actor but for all his internalised soulfulness he doesn't have the necessary charismatic something to rivet your attention. Consequently Wincott (doing an Alan Rickman), Ruiz and, overacting in a foppish wig, Pearce all steal their shared scenes.
For example, "Rivet Your Attention" is a vocabulary matching game that educators can customize.
"If your aim is to have an impact on science literacy--in fact, on literacy in all its forms--you need to rivet your attention on the 46 million students in our public schools, not on graduate students in our universities," Wilson replies.