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1    carapace, case, husk, pod  
2    husk, shuck  
3    attack, barrage, blitz, bomb, bombard, strafe, strike  
4    chassis, frame, framework, hull, skeleton, structure  

shell out     
ante up     (informal, chiefly U.S.)   disburse, expend, fork out     (slang)   give, hand over, lay out     (informal)   pay out  
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  ( shells    plural & 3rd person present)   ( shelling    present participle)   ( shelled    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   The shell of a nut or egg is the hard covering which surrounds it.  
They cracked the nuts and removed their shells...     
      Shell is the substance that a shell is made of., n-uncount  
...beads made from ostrich egg shell.     
2       n-count   The shell of an animal such as a tortoise, snail, or crab is the hard protective covering that it has around its body or on its back.  
3       n-count   Shells are hard objects found on beaches. They are usually pink, white, or brown and are the coverings which used to surround small sea creatures.  
I collect shells and interesting seaside items., ...sea shells.     
4       verb   If you shell nuts, peas, prawns, or other food, you remove their natural outer covering.  
She shelled and ate a few nuts.      V n  
...shelled prawns.      V-ed  
5       n-count   If someone comes out of their shell, they become more friendly and interested in other people and less quiet, shy, and reserved.  
usu poss N  
Her normally shy son had come out of his shell.     
6       n-count   The shell of a building, boat, car, or other structure is the outside frame of it.  
usu with supp  
...the shells of burned buildings...     
7       n-count   A shell is a weapon consisting of a metal container filled with explosives that can be fired from a large gun over long distances.  
8       verb   To shell a place means to fire explosive shells at it.  
The rebels shelled the densely-populated suburbs near the port.      V n  
  shelling     ( shellings    plural)    n-var  
Out on the streets, the shelling continued.      shell out      phrasal verb   If you shell outfor something, you spend a lot of money on it.  
(=fork out)  

You won't have to shell out a fortune for it...      V P n for/on n insurance premium which saves you from having to shell out for repairs...      V P for/on n  

shell company        ( shell companies    plural  ) A shell company is a company that another company takes over in order to use its name to gain an advantage.     (BUSINESS)      n-count  
shell program        ( shell programs    plural  ) A shell program is a basic computer program that provides a framework within which the user can develop the program to suit their own needs.     (COMPUTING)      n-count  
shell shock      , shell-shock  
Shell shock is the confused or nervous mental condition of people who have been under fire in a war.      n-uncount  
The men were suffering from shell shock.     
shell-shocked   , shell shocked  
1       adj   If you say that someone is shell-shocked, you mean that they are very shocked, usually because something bad has happened.  

We were shell-shocked when Chelsea took the lead., investors.     
2       adj   If someone is shell-shocked, they have a confused or nervous mental condition as a result of a shocking experience such as being in a war or an accident.  
...a shell-shocked war veteran.     
shell suit        ( shell suits    plural  ) , shell-suit   A shell suit is a casual suit which is made of thin nylon.      n-count  
...someone in a shell suit from Stirchley.     

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