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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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In what looked like a nod to their cause, President Rohani delivered his 2016 Now Ruz message seated beside a Haft Seen table that included an orange in a fishbowl in lieu of a goldfish.
Common carp and goldfish hybrids were reported as early as 1887 in the Laurentian Great Lakes and are now a common occurrence (Taylor and Mahon, 1977).
Humans only drink water and wash in it but for goldfish it's where they live, so it's important to keep the water clean and fresh.
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A LIVERPOOL woman who had to flee a block of flats hit by a falling crane was surprised to return to find her goldfish still alive - after five weeks without food.
The purchase of two new R-Series multihead weighers from Ishida Europe has doubled the packing speed at leading fresh and frozen shrimp supplier Goldfish BV.
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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.
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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.