fish·​bowl ˈfish-ˌbōl How to pronounce fishbowl (audio)
: a bowl for the keeping of live fish
: a place or condition that affords no privacy

Examples of fishbowl in a Sentence

Being a politician these days means living in a fishbowl—every part of your life is open to public view.
Recent Examples on the Web As for that fishbowl that Jin gives Will as a present in episode six? Zing Tsjeng, Vulture, 28 Mar. 2024 Last year Lisa Young, a conservator at the museum, noticed that a white, foggy bloom was beginning to creep across the transparent fishbowl helmets and that their smooth, curved surface was beginning to crack. Sarah Everts, Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2016 After a few fishbowl drinks, the breakup anthem sounds pretty good to even the most legendary dirtbags, Mac (Rob McElhenney), Dee (Kaitlin Olson), and Dennis (Glenn Howerton). Shannon Carlin, TIME, 3 May 2024 Its eVTOL, called Alia, is vaguely based on the skeleton of an Arctic tern, with a fishbowl cockpit. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for fishbowl 

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of fishbowl was in 1906

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“Fishbowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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