crawl into (one's) shell

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crawl into (one's) shell

To retreat into one's mind or otherwise isolate oneself so as to avoid undesirable thoughts, situations, or interactions with people. After getting mugged, I crawled into my shell and didn't speak to anyone for nearly a week. I'm not good around large groups of people; I usually just crawl into my shell and wait until I can be alone. Don't crawl into your shell because you don't want an argument—talk to me and let's discuss the problem!
See also: crawl, shell
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However, form is the key and as we saw last season when he was quickly shipped out to Derby County, John is an unpredictable creature and the gamble is judging whether he will crawl back into his shell or kick on and fulfil his terrific potential.