goldfish bowl


Definition of goldfish bowl

: a place or situation offering no privacy

Examples of goldfish bowl in a Sentence

celebrities who cannot escape from the goldfish bowl of constant publicity
Recent Examples on the Web Just like Diana’s Panorama revelations more than 25 years ago, this latest set of disclosures paints a very damning picture of what life can be like in the ‘goldfish bowl’ of royal life. Victoria Murphy, Town & Country, "The Impact of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Interview Will Be Felt By the Royal Family for Many Years," 8 Mar. 2021 At last year’s SHOT Show, Rio unveiled the wads only, dissolving in a goldfish bowl in their booth. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "Best New Shotgun Ammo of the 2020 SHOT Show," 7 Feb. 2020 The master bathroom has lots of black marble and a little goldfish bowl. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "‘Shahs of Sunset’ star and husband showcase a modern redo | Before and After," 13 Sep. 2019 The foreground offers four goldfish bowls, water within each, but none with fish. Mark Feeney,, "Where Europe and Asia meet: Chloe Dewe Mathews’s ‘Caspian: The Elements’," 12 June 2019 Rylance's Philippe is first encountered alone in a nightshirt, fishing from a goldfish bowl while sharing existential reflections with its circling occupant. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Farinelli and the King': Theater Review," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of goldfish bowl

1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of goldfish bowl was in 1924

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22 Mar 2021

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“Goldfish bowl.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goldfish bowl

: a place or condition in which there is no privacy

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