a goldfish bowl

a goldfish bowl

A place, situation, or environment in which one has little or no privacy. A reference to the (typically) spherical bowls in which pet fish are often kept, which can be seen into from all sides. One of the prices of success for a pop star is having to live in a goldfish bowl under the scrutiny of the public eye. I feel like I'm in a goldfish bowl working at this new company, with all their security cameras posted everywhere.
See also: bowl, goldfish

goldfish bowl

A situation affording no privacy, as in Being in a goldfish bowl comes with the senator's job-there's no avoiding it. The glass bowl allowing one to view goldfish from every direction was transferred first, in the 1920s, to a police interrogation room equipped with a one-way mirror. By the mid-1900s the expression was being used more broadly.
See also: bowl, goldfish
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It is the World Cup so you are in a goldfish bowl within a goldfish bowl.
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When I pointed out that we also didn't have a goldfish bowl she marched her father across the road to a pet shop where he bought the cheapest one he could find.
GORDON STRACHAN insists Glasgow is worse than a goldfish bowl - he swears it's like a tank of piranhas.
They say being a celebrity is like living in a goldfish bowl, so he's doing it literally.
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He said: 'The player's agent tells me that JJ is quite happy but feels like he's living in a goldfish bowl being a Newcastle player.
AMC Pacer: The car masquerading as a goldfish bowl, its unique bulbous glass rear end was a styling cue that was hard to miss.
Some people have asked me if they can just put them in a goldfish bowl,'' he said.
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TROUBLED Charlotte Church says she shares the same problem of growing up in a goldfish bowl with Princes William and Harry.
The 'entertainment' seems to consist of throwing a bunch of mismatched losers into a goldfish bowl and then tormenting them with cruel and unusual punishments before they face the cruelty of rejection.
Step II: Students were provided with a template to trace the shape of a goldfish bowl on white construction paper.