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Goldfish bowl

Also called fishbowl. a glass bowl, typically spherical, in which fish are kept as pets
a place or situation open to observation by onlookers

noun phrase

A place or situation where one is exposed; a venue without privacy: Celebrities must live in a goldfish bowl (1935+)
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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