Definition of goldfish bowl in US English:

goldfish bowl

noun

  • 1A spherical glass container for goldfish.

    • ‘Alan is currently bent over a goldfish bowl, which is full of water and ornaments, but is missing its occupant.’
    • ‘You have to save them and drop them back into the goldfish bowl as quickly as you can.’
    • ‘It was a rather meek cat which did not go anywhere near the goldfish bowl and used the litterbox with admirable regularity.’
    • ‘Well it appears we may have underestimated the intelligence of Goldie as he circles around the goldfish bowl.’
    • ‘Billy opens the cupboard and brings out a goldfish bowl, with one fish in it.’
    • ‘She had run fresh water into a goldfish bowl, the bowl itself in the form of a large fish.’
    • ‘Tiring of this game eventually, the Spaniard heads off to the kitchen, and returns with steaming mugs of coffee to find his chum sitting on the very same spot he recently vacated, staring into the goldfish bowl.’
    • ‘Students were provided with a template to trace the shape of a goldfish bowl on white construction paper.’
    • ‘If you don't have a suitable bowl and cannot beg, borrow or steal one, you can use a well-scrubbed goldfish bowl (just make sure you rehouse the fish first) or wide-necked flower vase.’
    • ‘Scotland is really a big goldfish bowl and eventually you deal with someone who knows another client.’
    • ‘On each table was a goldfish bowl, as tradition has dictated since the club's inaugural dinner in 1951.’
    • ‘It's really hard getting through your 20s when you're living in a goldfish bowl.’
    • ‘A cartoonist from the first half of the 20th century, asked to draw a wedding in the year 2000, might have pictured the bride with a goldfish bowl over her head, wearing big silver space boots.’
    1. 1.1 A place or situation lacking privacy.
      ‘a goldfish bowl of publicity’
      • ‘Several days later, Fred arrives in New York and promptly falls into a waiting goldfish bowl of publicity.’
      • ‘She was one of 10,000 people who sent off video audition tapes hoping they would stand out from the crowd and be offered the chance of spending up to ten weeks in a human goldfish bowl.’
      • ‘Words are always meaningful in Peter Gabriel's work, and here he relates his fears and concerns, along with acerbic glimpses at the way we live and, in particular, the goldfish bowl of the media.’

Pronunciation

goldfish bowl

/ˈɡōl(d)ˌfiSH ˈˌbōl//ˈɡoʊl(d)ˌfɪʃ ˈˌboʊl/