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

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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

1935, in the meaning defined above

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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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