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.
Recent Examples on the Web From there, organizations can go on the offensive, tricking hackers at their own game and monitoring their activity like fish in a fishbowl. Ofer Israeli, Forbes, 29 Sep. 2021 The museum’s architects, Renzo Piano and Osvaldo Maiozzi, envisioned a sort of fishbowl effect where visitors in the lobby could feel a part of this action as well. Stephanie Breijo, Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 One where people have a social conscience and good fashion sense, where no one's sexuality was a joke, and where celeb culture was just a fun merry-go-round of amazing gossip, with no social media fishbowl. Holly Thomas, CNN, 30 Aug. 2021 Goldfish can grow to large sizes, reproduce quickly, decrease water quality and gobble up the resources native species need to survive when released into a body of water bigger than a fishbowl. Kelli Bender,, 12 July 2021 Tune in to what the houseguests are up to in the fishbowl and to see if romances develop (Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 EDT/PDT). Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 24 June 2021 Owning your own pet fish takes more than just putting it in a fishbowl, feeding it once or twice a day, and calling it quits. Tim Kohut, BGR, 23 June 2021 Athletes rarely got the chance to speak their minds from inside the fishbowl. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 29 Mar. 2021 Mayer says that ecologists sampling in the Great Lakes will sometimes come across a goldfish, either freed from a fishbowl or descended from others gone feral. Jessica Leigh Hester, Wired, 27 Mar. 2021

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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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5 Oct 2021

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“Fishbowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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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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