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.
See also: shell
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I'm not going to go into my shell because of one error.
I know I tend to go into my shell but this advice is going to help me leave it.
If all's not going well I can go into my shell offensively.
He said: 'I tried not to go into my shell, but I did a lot of thinking in hospital.
I don't want to go into my shell and lock myself away.