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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

goldfish bowl

a place or situation lacking privacy.
See also: bowl, goldfish
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This year, my 5-yearold boy insisted on going to the market with his father to buy our goldfish,"
The fish from our study are clearly hybrids because of LLSCs of 34 that placed them outside (between) metrics for common carp or goldfish and the absence of anterior barbels.
DBRS also retained the ratings on the series 2007-1, series 2009-3, series 2009-4, 2009-5 and 2010-1 notes issued by Goldfish and discontinued the ratings of classes A4 from series 2010-1.
With no time to grab any belongings, it was only once she had left that she realised her goldfish Shirley was still trapped inside.
Goldfish is located in Volendam, The Netherlands, and supplies its shrimps and shrimp-related products throughout Europe.
Top breeders from as far afield as Newcastle, Manchester and Bristol will be on hand to show off their prize goldfish and offer advice about how to keep and breed them.
According to Reuters, UK-based Barclays Plc (LSE: BARC) is to cut jobs at its Goldfish credit card unit.
Today Barclays confirmed that the closure of its Cumbernauld-based Goldfish operation, which employs 900, could result in "extra manpower" being deployed on Teesside.
Up to 1,500 jobs in the financial services sector were in jeopardy last night as Endsleigh Insurance and Goldfish said they were planning to close centres.
GOLDIE the goldfish is so massive he's on the verge of becoming the biggest in the world.
BARCLAYS has agreed on a pounds 35m deal to buy the Goldfish credit card business.
ANIMAL rights activists have vowed to picket nine Irish hotels if they go ahead with plans to put goldfish in rooms.
Feeder goldfish are inexpensive (25 cents or less at pet and aquarium stores).
Peter Ridsdale's affinity with goldfish can still make news.
Today, Esten may not have any frogs in his backyard in Northridge, but he does have an abundance of goldfish and several turtles.