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 The funnest part was leading up to it, looking in that fishbowl, taking him out, and jamming it in there. Christian Holub,, "The Umbrella Academy star discusses her surprise season 2 return," 31 July 2020 The Wine Whisperer, equipped with a box of wine and a fishbowl-sized wine glass. Mr./Mrs. Rasputin Todd,, "Need a break from the news? Find a moment of peace with this quarantine quiz 4-pack," 5 June 2020 His interview subject could be a piano-loving mage with a fishbowl head who commands a mega-yacht with a cat crew. Darren Franich,, "The Midnight Gospel is a heartfelt cosmic masterpiece: Review," 7 May 2020 Instead of heavy breathing and heaving bodices, this adaptation owes more to the pointillism of Wes Anderson, with its dioramic compositions, brightly colored symmetries, and fishbowl sets. Ross Douthat, National Review, "The Pleasures of Autumn de Wilde’s Emma.," 2 Apr. 2020 In an interview in his San Diego hotel suite in 2000, Mr. Cooper told a reporter that dropping a business card in a fishbowl at a restaurant’s cash register made the meal, parking and mileage to and from the establishment tax-deductible. David Cay Johnston, New York Times, "Michael C. Cooper, Convicted in Tax Scam, Dies a Prisoner at 66," 10 Apr. 2020 As one of the most famous moms in the world, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, is often parenting in a fishbowl. Mari-jane Williams, Washington Post, "4 takeaways from the Duchess of Cambridge’s surprisingly real interview about parenting," 21 Feb. 2020 Create a terrarium or fairy garden in a glass container — fishbowls, globes, pitchers or water glasses. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "10 ways to bond with your houseplants while you’re at stuck home," 27 Mar. 2020 He either doesn’t want to live in the Boston baseball fishbowl the rest of his career or plans to be a mercenary who goes to the bidder that packs the most zeroes in his paycheck. Globe Staff,, "Red Sox need to resolve Mookie Betts situation once and for all," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of fishbowl

1906, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Fishbowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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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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