No, that doesn't work. You could use "control".
Student or Learner
His son is too naughty. He needs to find a good teacher who can hold his son.
Can I use the word 'hold' to express "keep somebody’s attention or interest" here?
'...find a good teacher who can hold his attention.'
Could 'rivet' be used in the active voice, i.e. 'find a good teacher who can rivet him'?
I don't think so, it sounds as though the teacher is going to use rivets to fix the pupil to the wall!
I can only think of examples using "riveted" in this sort of context: (see "be riveted" http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict.../british/rivet )
Last edited by Eckaslike; 19-Jul-2015 at 10:18.
(BrE first language speaker.)