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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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MANY people in Wales keep their fish in tiny goldfish bowls. What's wrong with that I hear you say?
There were quotes out at the time of him leaving suggesting he did not like the goldfish bowl.
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* AMC Pacer: The car masquerading as a goldfish bowl, its unique bulbous glass rear end was a styling cue that was hard to miss.
After discussing these works, we decided to make a "cut-out" reproduction of Matisse's painting, The Goldfish Bowl. We talked about how artists are inspired by other artists' works.
It also is less likely to succeed in the goldfish bowl of contemporary Washington.
In Studio V of 1949-50, its soaring flight can even set into uplifting, vibrant motion the goldfish bowl and its watery prisoner in the lower right corner; and as the poet Pierre Reverdy observed, the shape of the generic bird seems to rhyme with that of the still relatively earthbound palette below it.
KARLAN GRANT has taken advice from Lee Bowyer to cope with the goldfish bowl of Premier League life as he settles in at Huddersfield Town.
I also noticed that the offices where you can have an appointment to see someone are like a goldfish bowl where everyone could see you - no privacy whatsoever.
But the goldfish bowl that was displayed beside him when he delivered his annual Now Ruz message pointedly contained no goldfish.
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NEIL LENNON is enjoying life outside the Glasgow goldfish bowl and the relativeanonymity of being Bolton boss.
Being in such a goldfish bowl can do strange things to players.
I'm surprised he dropped his guard while knowing Glasgow is a goldfish bowl.