English Idiom - Come Out Of Your Shell

Today's Ginseng English idiom is come out of your shell. Lots of animals, like snails and turtles, have hard shells that they can hide in if they are scared or in danger. We can use this as a metaphor for people's personalities. If you come out of your shell, it means you open up and become more social and less shy.


Paula seems quiet at first but once you get to know her, she really comes out of her shell.

Lots of kids are shy around age 4 or 5, but most come out of their shells as they get a little older.

When Kim has a few drinks, he really comes out of his shell and doesn't stop talking!

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