fish·​bowl | \ˈfish-ˌbōl \

Definition of fishbowl 

1 : a bowl for the keeping of live fish

2 : 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.

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As a part of the rebrand, RWB will be updating or adding new features, including a shot bar, an eight-inch prize wheel, dance platform and fishbowl drinks. Stephanie Morse, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Downtown Milwaukee's Red, White & Blue bar is rebranded as RWB," 21 June 2018 The first question Bryan pulls from the fishbowl is what his favorite cocktail is: vodka with ruby red grapefruit juice. Rebecca Schiller, Billboard, "Luke Bryan Reveals Madonna Was His First Celebrity Crush While Playing 'Fishing For Answers': Watch," 5 June 2018 Handler kicked off the event with a gloriously brief introduction and ended it by personally passing the donation fishbowl. Beth Spotswood,, "Communal reading party speaks volumes for school libraries," 19 June 2018 In the fishbowl environment of the NFL, there’s no end to the scrutiny, fair or not. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, "As NFL draft approaches, excuses won’t cut it for QB Josh Allen and those racist tweets," 26 Apr. 2018 The bathroom, with its see-through walls and ceiling, feels like a bona-fide fishbowl. Nikki Ekstein,, "A hotel in the Maldives lets you sleep underwater — for $50,000 a night," 19 Apr. 2018 No doubt Ohtani needed time to grow accustomed to his new country, new training methods, new baseball and new competition in this fishbowl life. Staff,, "Nine Innings: Inside Ohtani's Electric Debut, Masahiro Tanaka's Resurgence and Ranking the Most Surprising Starts to 2018," 9 Apr. 2018 Contestants picked random questions from a fishbowl on stage that were then read aloud by Tram Nguyen, Miss Vietnam Florida 2017. Sarah Espedido,, "Miss Vietnam Florida 2018:," 3 Apr. 2018 If the boundary is still needed, that is; one weekend in a fishbowl with four adults and two babies might be sufficient to prompt your in-laws to have an ideological conversion on the matter of bunking as one. Carolyn Hax, idahostatesman, "Grandparents won’t visit newborn twins," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of fishbowl

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of fishbowl

: a bowl used for keeping live fish

: a place or condition in which there is no privacy

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