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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JONATHAN Davies hopes the pressure on England as World Cup hosts will see them go into their shells as he backs Wales to triumph at Twickenham.
When things aren't necessarily going great guys can sometimes go into their shells a little bit.
They're not the sort of guys who'll go into their shells.
It's then that you have to show strength of character, but people seemed to go into their shells a little bit and that's something we need to improve.
They didn't go into their shells, they kept coming in defence and had the courage to play when they had the opportunity, which was a telling thing for us".
LEWIS Moody warned England can not afford to go into their shells as they begin preparations for Saturday's must-win clash with Argentina at Twickenham.
LEWIS MOODY warned England cannot afford to go into their shells as they begin preparations for Saturday's must-win clash with Argentina at Twickenham.
Hopefully they won't fancy it and go into their shells.
It's a daunting task, but it's on one of the best stages in the world and the players shouldn't go into their shells.
Some players go into their shells but I think McKenzie will thrive on it.
And the Cardiff Blues star, who played for an hour at full-back in the win over Italy after replacing the injured Kevin Morgan, reckons the worst thing the team can do now is go into their shells against the big guns.
The Grand Final is just one step away, but don't expect this pair to go into their shells and a buy of total points at 44 looks to have little downside.
O'Neill, set to sacrifice Europe by taking a shadow team to Moscow this week, was determined to come out fighting for players who appeared to go into their shells against Chelsea.
I won't let them go into their shells and feel sorry for themselves.
I told them they could either go into their shells or take some responsibility and go for it .