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!
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With five points taken out of the last 24 on offer and the Premier League trap door merely five points away, it would be easy for Monk to get the jitters, to crawl into his shell, the thing is though, that is just not his style.