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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How to use goldfish bowl in a sentence
She told Harry that she did not want to live in the goldfish bowl of Royal family life.Loved-Up Harry And Cressida Appear In Public Together For Second Time In Three Days | Tom Sykes | March 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
LS: How can she keep her own sense of herself in that goldfish bowl?
Then suddenly there sprang into sight on the pedestal a transparent dome the size of a small goldfish bowl.The Wealth of Echindul | Noel Miller Loomis
He went back to the printshop, feeling like a goldfish bowl.And Then the Town Took Off | Richard Wilson
Jon was out of his goldfish bowl and striding toward his own igloo adjacent to the service station when a Steel-Blue accosted him.Acid Bath | Vaseleos Garson
Finally he looked away from the heavens to the two Steel-Blues who stood negligently outside the goldfish bowl.Acid Bath | Vaseleos Garson
You had better have one of the guards in the corridor, where Denberg and Semensky are, wear this goldfish bowl, as you call it.Astounding Stories, February, 1931 | Various
Other Idioms and Phrases with 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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