go into (one's) shell

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go into (one's) shell

1. 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 went 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 go into my shell and wait until I can be alone. Don't go into your shell because you don't want an argument—talk to me and let's discuss the problem!
2. To act in a reserved and/or defensive manner. The team went into their shells after half time, trying to protect a slim lead. The senator went into his shell when reporters tried to question him about allegations of tax fraud.
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He'll mouth off and get aggressive, or he'll go into his shell.
However, history tells us the Italian is set to go into his shell on the big occasion despite having a star-studded front line.
But rather than go into his shell and play it safe, Johnson is prepared to take some risks.
I admire him for the way he is getting on with it because under those circumstances he could easily go into his shell and he hasn't.
But anyone who thought the midfielder would go into his shell were mistaken.
He does go into his shell when things aren't going well for him.
It would have been easy for him to go into his shell after those two Major disappointments - he capitulated to a final-round 82 when leading by three shots with 18 holes to play in his national Open and then missed out on a USPGA playoff because he grounded his club in an ill-defined bunker for a two-shot penalty at the 72nd hole - but to his enormous credit he has come out fighting.