rivet (something) to (someone or something)(redirected from riveting something to)
rivet (something) to (someone or something)
1. To attach or fasten something very securely to something else, with or as with rivets. A noun or pronoun can be used between "rivet" and "to." We'll need to rivet a new handle to the door as soon as possible. They riveted a makeshift ladder to the side of the house.
2. To focus one's attention or gaze on someone or something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "rivet" and "to." I riveted my gaze 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. As I stood atop the Empire State Building, my eyes were riveted to the tiny specks of people on the ground below.
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