Etymology
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fishbowl (n.)

also fish-bowl, "a glass globe in which fish are kept," 1850, from fish (n.) + bowl (n.). The form goldfish-bowl is attested from 1841. Figuratively, as a place where one is under constant observation, by 1957. Fish-globe is by 1858.

updated on September 20, 2018

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Definitions of fishbowl from WordNet

fishbowl (n.)
a state of affairs in which you have no privacy;
Synonyms: goldfish bowl / fish bowl
fishbowl (n.)
a transparent bowl in which small fish are kept;
Synonyms: fish bowl / goldfish bowl
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