When it's cold outside or when you are in shame, someone might hide their neck as if a tortoise retracting it to its shell, but what verb or expression can I use to describe to action.

Ex: When the wind picked up outside, he crossed his arms and ... his neck.

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A couple verbs are possible in this context: "sink", "dip", "retract", etc. However, in general, in English this is described as a movement of the head as opposed to the neck.

A person may sink his head or dip his head (into his coat/collar) when the chill in the air hits. You could say "sink/dip one's neck", but they are less natural-sounding.

It's also possible to say: "He retracted his neck in the chill." "Retract" here is opposite in meaning to "crane one's neck".

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