attention rhymes with hut

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4: a position assumed by a soldier with heels together, body erect, arms at the sides, and eyes to the front(US) The troops stood at attention. = (British) The troops stood to attention.—often used as a command

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/attentions


According to the above link, the pronunciation of "attention"(sense 4) is often /(ə-)ˌten(ch)-ˈhət /.

This pronunciation rhymes with "hut," doesn't it?
 
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Yes, but I wouldn't call it a pronunciation of "attention" per se, and it doesn't have a schwa. I'd call it the military pronunciation of the imperative command, "Attention!".
 

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"Ten-HUT!" is an order that is barked by a sergeant or other non-commissioned officer to command instant attention.

In ordinary conversation, military or otherwise, attention is a three-syllable word that rhymes with mention.
 
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