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goldfish bowl

Also called fishbowl. a glass bowl, typically spherical, in which fish are kept as pets
a place or situation open to observation by onlookers
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  • He went back to the printshop, feeling like a goldfish bowl.

  • Jon was out of his goldfish bowl and striding toward his own igloo adjacent to the service station when a Steel-Blue accosted him.

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  • Finally he looked away from the heavens to the two Steel-Blues who stood negligently outside the goldfish bowl.

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  • You had better have one of the guards in the corridor, where Denberg and Semensky are, wear this goldfish bowl, as you call it.

Slang definitions & phrases for goldfish bowl

goldfish bowl

noun phrase

A place or situation where one is exposed; a venue without privacy: Celebrities must live in a goldfish bowl (1935+)

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Idioms and Phrases with goldfish bowl

goldfish bowl

A situation affording no privacy, as in Being in a goldfish bowl comes with the senator's job—there's no avoiding it. The glass bowl allowing one to view goldfish from every direction was transferred first, in the 1920s, to a police interrogation room equipped with a one-way mirror. By the mid-1900s the expression was being used more broadly.
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