fish·​bowl | \ ˈfish-ˌbōl How to pronounce fishbowl (audio) \

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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There were quite a few slightly disheveled looking folks walking around holding these crazy red or blue drinks that came in what looked like a small fishbowl. Tom Reardon, azcentral, "Slipknot's Knotfest meets the triple-digit Phoenix heat for mixed results," 4 Aug. 2019 Were the islanders who killed Cook inside their own perceptual fishbowl, operating with a completely different understanding of how the world works from that of Cook and his crew? Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "How Cultural Anthropologists Redefined Humanity," 19 Aug. 2019 However, the league objected to Brown’s compromise plan of wearing a fishbowl. Scott Ostler,, "Raiders’ Antonio Brown and NFL reach agreement on tinfoil helmet," 10 Aug. 2019 Around the hour mark, however, the fishbowl comes off, and Far From Home reveals exactly why Gyllenhaal was the right man for the role. Devan Coggan,, "Jake Gyllenhaal on Mysterio and how Spider-Man: Far From Home goes meta on superhero movies," 8 July 2019 Broock hoped the bike’s chain clanging around the fishbowl would be ideal for something called ambisonic audio, surround sound hearable above, below, and around the listener. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real," 20 June 2019 He is deadlocked with Norwegian chess superstar Magnus Carlsen after eight of 12 games held inside a fishbowl-like auditorium in central London. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "‘They Are Indeed Buying Nerds!’ Chess World Questions an American Grandmaster’s Move—to the U.S.," 19 Nov. 2018 The octagonal office where Ms. Roberts conducts counseling sessions creates a fishbowl effect. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "The Surreal World: TV Delves Into Paranoia, Anxiety and Misinformation," 27 Oct. 2018 Inside a fishbowl of soundproof glass in London, the past three weeks have delivered nonstop mental and physical theater. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A Black Eye, a Controversial Leak and Possible Armageddon—the Madness of the World Chess Championship," 27 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of fishbowl

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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English Language Learners Definition of fishbowl

: a bowl used for keeping live fish
chiefly US : a place or condition in which there is no privacy

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