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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He crawled into his shell when England needed him in Cape Town.
But from that point on, England started wading through treacle in their push for quick runs as Bopara forgot how to hit the ball with meaning and crawled into his shell.
From that point on though England started wading through treacle in their push for quick runs as Bopara forgot how to hit the ball with meaning and crawled into his shell.
The Manchester United marksman has also laughed off claims that he is moody and dismissed suggestions that he had crawled into his shell during the most public goal drought since Alan Shearer's barren spell ahead of Euro 96.