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

goldfish bowl

a place or situation lacking privacy.
See also: bowl, goldfish
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A friend has told me that a goldfish bowl isn't ideal as she has heard the fish don't get enough oxygen?
DAN Biggar has advised more Welsh players to sample life beyond regional rugby because "Wales is such a goldfish bowl".
Dan Biggar has advised more Welsh players to sample life beyond regional rugby -- because "Wales is such a goldfish bowl".
They placed the fish in the usual plastic bag to carry home and I won a goldfish bowl as well in another event.
Caption: GOLDFISH LOVER--Two years ago, when President Rohani delivered his Now Ruz message, he quietly signaled where he stood on the controversial goldfish issure by placing a goldfish bowl on his Haft Seen table, but placing an orange inside the bowl
They work well in a goldfish bowl, jug type vase or just as they are.
They work well in a goldfish bowl, jug-type vase or just as they are.
"You are at the World Cup, so you are actually in a goldfish bowl within a goldfish bowl.
That is a goldfish bowl. It is the World Cup so you are in a goldfish bowl within a goldfish bowl.
They say being a celebrity is like living in a goldfish bowl, so he's doing it literally.
Footballers live in a goldfish bowl these days and the unscrupulous won't hesitate in making a fast buck at their expense.
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.
Pamela Wolicki and her elderly neighbours fear they will be "living in a goldfish bowl" if a shelter is erected in front of their windows in Ansty Road.
* AMC Pacer: The car masquerading as a goldfish bowl, its unique bulbous glass rear end was a styling cue that was hard to miss.