goldfish bowl

  1. Also called: fishbowl a glass bowl, typically spherical, in which fish are kept as pets

  2. a place or situation open to observation by onlookers

Words Nearby goldfish bowl

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How to use goldfish bowl in a sentence

  • 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.

Other 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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