from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A transparent bowl in which live fish are kept.
  • n. Informal A place that is lacking in privacy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A small simple aquarium.
  • n. A term describing a place or event of intense scrutiny. Enthusiastic sports cities are often said to place the players on their team in a "fishbowl" atmosphere.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a transparent bowl in which small fish are kept
  • n. a state of affairs in which you have no privacy


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