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.
See also: attention, rivet
References in classic literature ?
Its erratic movements riveted their attention upon it, and later, as they drew nearer, they perceived that the strange craft was a good sized schooner with but a single short mast and tiny sail.
Horrible killings by scores of maniacal serial killers have terrified Americans periodically, and riveted their attention as well.
It's not the scale and grandeur of the architecture that has riveted their attention, it's the modest metal signs planted obtrusively out from.
But the cosmic blast startled astronomers--and instantly riveted their attention on a new magnetar.
One packaged that Jones and his cohort repeatedly saw in software catalogs riveted their attention with its price--"so reasonable for what it did that it was scary," in Jones' words.