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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I'm leaning over backwards to avoid the temptation that besets the elderly: to crawl back into my shell whimpering "No good can come of this" and "Where's it all going to end?
Honestly, if I sense anything even remotely like that I just crawl back into my shell and create a character, that's how I face the world