Definition of shell-like in English:

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Resembling a shell in shape or appearance: a creature with a shell-like carapace
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  • He was lying on his back, his eyes closed, his lips pouting, his right arm stretching upwards with his tiny fist curling beside his shell-like ear.
  • As for her hair, half of it was split horizontally on the back of her head and was tied up and twisted in a shell-like shape with an aqua-blue flower clip and the other half was down to her shoulders.
  • Promises will be made, seductive asides will be whispered into shell-like ears, egos will be stroked.


British informal
A person’s ear: Prentice had a word in somebody’s shell-like
More example sentences
  • Anyway, I jammed a pair of earplugs in the ol’ shell-likes and managed to get a bit of extra kip, although I had some very weird dreams and dreams within dreams.
  • The clamour among Celtic supporters is for Strachan to have similar words in the shell-like of Thompson, who made an inauspicious comeback from injury last week.
  • My trainer Tim Etherington, awfully nice chap, has whispered in my shell-like that I am entered in not just one, but two meetings next week.

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