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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London, Dec 27 ( ANI ): Former England Test captain Sir Ian Botham has expressed his confusion over what England was scared of and why they 'crawled into their shells' and refused to come out in the first day of the Boxing Day Ashes Test, which is a game worthy of celebration.
Yet England crawled into their shells and refused to come out.
Walter Smith must be worried because the very people who stepped up to the plate last season now appear to have crawled into their shells. When he looks them in the eye I wonder how many characters and leaders he sees staring back.
They were too predictable, they crawled into their shells and that has been the story in our one-day cricket for too long.
The two openers that had been so assured of their big-hitting ability the day before, crawled into their shells on a sluggish pitch and became uncertain.