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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: go, shell

retreat 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 retreated 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 retreat into my shell and wait until I can be alone. Don't retreat 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 retreated into their shells after halftime, trying to protect a slim lead. The senator retreated into his shell when reporters tried to question him about allegations of tax fraud.
See also: retreat, shell

withdraw 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 withdrew 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 withdraw into my shell and wait until I can be alone. Don't withdraw 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 withdrew into their shells after halftime, trying to protect a slim lead. The senator withdrew into his shell when reporters tried to question him about allegations of tax fraud.
See also: shell, withdraw

withdraw from something

 
1. to depart from something physically. I withdrew from the smoky room and ran to the open window to get some air. I withdrew from the unpleasant-looking cafe and looked for something more to my liking.
2. . to end one's association with someone or something. I decided to withdraw from all my professional organizations. I had to withdraw from the association because the dues had become too high.
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withdraw into oneself

to become introverted; to concern oneself with one's inner thoughts. After a few years of being ignored, she withdrew into herself. I have to struggle to keep from withdrawing into myself.
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withdraw into something

to pull back into something. The turtle withdrew into its shell. The mouse withdrew into its hole.
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withdraw someone from something

 
1. to pull someone out of something physically. She withdrew the child from the water just in time. I had to withdraw my child from the kindergarten room. He was having such a good time, he wouldn't leave on his own.
2. . to remove someone from an organization or a nomination. The committee withdrew John from nomination and put up someone else. I withdrew my son from kindergarten.
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withdraw something from someone or something

to pull something out of someone or something. She withdrew the book from the stack. I withdrew the splinter from Dave carefully.
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withdraw something into something

to pull something back into something. The turtle withdrew its head into its shell. It then withdrew its feet into the shell also.
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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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The point of an IRA is to have money on hand in retirement, and the more you withdraw prior to retirement, the less you'll have available once you're no longer working.
Kumar had expressed surprise at the decision and said he was not consulted before the government decided to withdraw the case.
But I dont trust the bank anymore and want to withdraw the amount, he added.
The players issued a statement saying they still believed Loughnane was the best man for the job, while hurling board officials asked Silke and Murphy to withdraw in the hope that Loughnane could be enticed back.
Eligible individuals may withdraw up to $100,000 from their retirement plans, penalty-free, from Aug.
The ACC had decided to endorse a request from primates that Canada and the United States withdraw from the Council at least until the 2008 Lambeth Conference, and had asked them to "voluntarily withdraw" from two important council committees--the standing committee and the inter-Anglican finance and administration committee.
FOR every pound Britons save they withdraw 52p within weeks to fritter away on impulse purchases, a survey claimed yesterday.
Judge Davidson's order to withdraw the approval was an initial decision, to which exceptions were filed in 2004.
Though doctors often have to address the very thorny issue of when to withdraw life support, a new aspect of the debate has surfaced in Britain.
Even as states withdraw their previous con-con applications, special interest groups have announced plans to seek conventions to address other issues.
The alternative is to withdraw the balance of the account's assets within five years of the date of death.
Such destructive actions were condemned worldwide, and the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution ordering Israel to withdraw from Palestinian territory.
Two methods I have found to be successful are the threat to withdraw and the incentive to speed up.
Subsection (a) of the rule lists situations where an attorney must withdraw from a representation, including when the attorney's continued representation would result in a violation, of the Rules of Professional Conduct, when the attorney has a physical or mental condition that materially impairs the attorney's ability to represent the client, and when the attorney has been discharged by the client.