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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The commercial real estate industry has always had comprehensive emergency preparedness plans in place, even prior to the events of September 11, 2001; but as these events riveted our attention, building owners and managers responded by strengthening existing security systems and making changes in their operations.
The terror attacks of September 2001 have riveted our attention on a nonstate actor, the al-Qaeda network.
A red flash riveted our attention, and we were treated to the song of the rose-breasted grosbeak.