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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go, retreat, withdraw, etc. into your ˈshell

become more shy and avoid talking to other people: If you ask him about his family, he goes into his shell.
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It could have been England WINGER Jermaine McGillvary easy for me to go into my shell and be a bit timid and stay out on my wing but I tried my best to come in and do what I normally do.
When there is a little doubt, I don't go into my shell.
I'm not going to go into my shell because of one error.
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.