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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I had a great chance to go 5-3 but at four each I just had a go, I changed completely, and he went into his shell a bit, I think.
He was brilliant against Everton and Arsenal but in between he went into his shell down at West Brom.
He was brilliant against Everton and Arsenal, but in between he went into his shell down at West Brom.
I hit him with some solid shots early on and he went into his shell.
But credit to him, his head cleared and he came right back at me, he never went into his shell.
I hurt him early on and he went into his shell after that.