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  • noun
    plural shells
    the hard outer covering of an animal, insect, etc., that protects it [count]
    a turtle's shell
    the shell of a crab
    the hard outer covering of an egg :eggshell [count]
    a piece of shell
    the hard outer covering of a nut, fruit, or seed [count]
    a coconut shell [noncount]
    pieces of walnut shell
    [count] US :something (such as pasta) that is shaped like a shell
    [count] :the hard outer structure of a building, car, airplane, etc. - usually singular
    the shell of an unfinished house
    the shell of an airplane
    [count] chiefly US :a hard or crisp piece of bread, dough, etc., that is used to hold a filling
    a pastry/pie shell
    [count] a metal case that is filled with an explosive and that is shot from a cannon
    b chiefly US :a metal tube that you put into a gun and that holds an explosive and a bullet :cartridge
    a - used in phrases that describe becoming less shy and more willing to talk to other people
    Making new friends helped her come out of her shell. = Making new friends brought her out of her shell.
    b - used in phrases that describe becoming quieter, less active, etc.
    shells; shelled; shelling
    [+ obj] to remove the shell or outer covering of (something)
    shell peanuts/peas
    to shoot shells at (someone or something) using large guns
    US informal :to score heavily against (a pitcher) in baseball - usually used as (be) shelled
    shell out
    [phrasal verb]
    shell out or shell out (money) informal :to pay a large amount of money for something - usually + for
    I'm going to have to shell out for these shoes.
    He shelled out $400 for the tickets.

    * Các từ tương tự:
    shell game, shell shock, shell suit, shellac, shellacking, shelled, shellfire, shellfish, shelling