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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I went into my shell which was the worst thing I could have done.
The more I got crucified, the more I went into my shell and it was seen as arrogance.
No one would talk to me and I just went into my shell.
I went into my shell after that, choosing to communicate only through acerbic newspaper columns.
I had to do the same thing during the game - I think I went into my shell for 10 minutes, but then I had to push it to the back of my mind.