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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. If you're going to court fame like this, I hope you're ready to live in a goldfish bowl.
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have a memory like a goldfish

To have an exceptionally poor memory. An allusion to the myth that goldfish can't remember anything for longer than a few seconds. Mom has a memory like a goldfish, so don't bother asking her—there's no way she'll remember. I swear, that kid has a memory like a goldfish. I asked him to make his bed after breakfast, and he's already forgotten! Please remind me about the meeting because I have a memory like a goldfish these days.
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have the memory of a goldfish

To have an exceptionally poor memory. An allusion to the myth that goldfish can't remember anything for longer than a few seconds. Mom has the memory of a goldfish, so don't bother asking her—there's no way she'll remember. I swear, that kid has the memory of a goldfish. I asked him to make his bed after breakfast, and he's already forgotten! Please remind me about the meeting because I have the memory of a goldfish these days.
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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.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

goldfish bowl

a place or situation lacking privacy.
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