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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When we go into our shells, that is what happens but we bounced back to win three on the trot.
To go 18-0 down at a place like Headingley, it would have been easy to go into our shells and start sulking, but we didn't do that and fought back.
It's something they'll reinforce this week - to back ourselves and not go into our shells.
We can't go into our shells, even if the ELVs can put you under a lot of pressure.
We can't go into our shells, we want to express ourselves and believe we're the champions.
Then, when we come out from half time, we just go into our shells and can't keep doing it as we drop crucial points in trying to get into the playoffs.