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[1325–75; Middle English < Latin attentiō]
- (When listening he is) as focused and as still as a chipmunk spying something unknown from atop a stone wall —Philip Roth about Primo Levi, New York Times Book Review. October 12, 1986
- The attention [of listeners] is like a narrow mouthed vessel; pour into it what you have to say cautiously, and, as it were, drop by drop —Joseph Joubert
- Attention rolled down like a window shade —Sharon Sheehe Stark
- Attention [of students] sinking … like sluggish iron from the cooling crust —John Updike
- Attentive and indifferent as a croupier —George Garrett
- Attracted about as much attention as a flea in a dog pound —Ross Thomas
- Attracted about as much attention (in the artistic world) as the advent of another fly in a slaughter house —James L. Ford
- Attracted as little attention as a dirty fingernail in the third grade —Ring Lardner
- Attracted attention like the principal heads in a picture —Honoré de Balzac
- Collected attention like twists of silver paper or small white pebbles —Elizabeth Bowen
- Concentrates … like a cancer victim scanning a medical dictionary in hopes that the standard definitions have been repealed overnight in favor of good news —James Morrow
- Curiosity, keen and cold as a steel knife —Maxim Gorky
- Deaf as a door nail —Thomas Wilson
This is the best known of many “Deaf as” similes. It’s used in its literal sense as well as to describe inattentiveness. Popular variants include “Deaf as a post,”“Deaf as a door,” and “Deaf as a stone.” Deaf as a piecrust —Lawrence Durrell (Had honed her ability to turn) deaf as a snail —Joseph Wambaugh Drinking it [information] like a bomber pilot getting ready for a mission —Harvey Swados (The hoot of laughter that always made Mary) flick him off like television —Sumner Locke Elliott Had taken in her every anecdote as completely as a recording
machine —Louis Auchincloss Heads are turning like windmills —Arthur Miller Heedless as the dead —Lord Byron His eyes wandered, like a mind —Penelope Gilliatt His mind keeps slipping away like a fly —John Rechy Inattentive, like the ear of a confessor —Mary McCarthy Intent as a surgeon —Jean Stafford Interest spread like a net —Nadine Gordimer (She could not keep her mind on anything;) it [her mind] kept darting around like a darning needle —Jean Stafford Leaned forward … like hounds just before they get the fox —Stephen Vincent Benét Leapt from theme to theme like a water-bug —Eleanor Clark Listened as intently as a blind woman —Rita Mae Brown Listened, very still, like a child who is being told a fascinating and gruesome fairy tale —Isak Dinesen Listen like an uncle —Herbert Gold Listen … like snakes to a charmer’s flute —Jan de Hartog Mind jumps from one thing to another like drops of water bouncing off a larded pan when you test whether the griddle is hot enough to pour the pancake batter in —John Hagge My mind wanders like smoke —Clifford Odets Pricked up his ears like two railroad signals —Lewis Carroll [Poets] receive the same care as xylophones and equestrian statues —Delmore Schwartz Seems not to listen to her words, but rather watches her forming them … like some fervent anthropologist —William Boyd Snaps to attention like a thumb —Irving Feldman (He tried to apply his mind to the work he was doing but his) thoughts fluttered desperately, like moths in a trap —W. Somerset Maugham The words bounced off Harry, like pebbles skipped on water —Paul Kuttner (So scatter-brained that) words went by him like the wind —Louisa May Alcott
If you give someone or something your attention. you look at them, listen to them, or think about them carefully.
When he had their attention. he began his lecture.
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