get (one) out of (one's) shell(redirected from got them out of their shells)
get (one) out of (one's) shell
To cause one to be more outgoing. Usually said of a particularly shy or introverted person. Wow, I remember when Anna wouldn't even talk to anyone, and now she's likely to be voted "Most Talkative"—I wonder how the other kids got her out of her shell.
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