shell Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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shellnoun

 us   /ʃel/

shell noun (COVERING)

[C/U] the hard ​outercovering of ​nuts, ​eggs, a few ​vegetables, and some ​animals: [C] Turtles, ​snails, and ​crabs all have shells to ​protect them.

shell noun (EXPLOSIVE)

[C] a ​tubefilled with explosives that is ​fired from a ​largegun

shellverb [T]

 us   /ʃel/

shell verb [T] (FIRE EXPLOSIVE)

to ​fire shells at something: Military ​forcesbegan shelling ​areasnorth of the ​city.

shell verb [T] (REMOVE COVERING)

to ​remove the hard ​outercovering of ​nuts and other ​foods: He ​sits in ​front of the TV, shelling ​peanuts.
Phrasal verbs

she’ll

 us   /ʃil, ʃɪl/
contraction of she will or she shall: She’ll be there ​tomorrow, I’m ​sure.
(Definition of shell from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"shell" in Business English

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shellnoun [C]

uk   us   /ʃel/ (also shell company, also shell corporation) FINANCE, LAW
a ​company that has been ​created to hide ​illegalactivities: The shell ​advertisedbonds for ​sale to ​investors, but this ​offering was essentially a ​fraud because no ​bonds ever existed. She played a vital role in the ​briberyscheme by ​creating a shell ​company to receive a ​flow of ​illicitpayments.
a ​company that has been ​officiallycreated so that it can be ​sold to someone who does not want to have to ​create the ​company themselves: Most ​holdingcompany reorganizations involve a ​merger between the pre-existing ​company and a shell ​company.
a ​company that was ​active in the past, but that now does little or no ​business, that someone ​buys so they do not have to ​create a new ​company: Maypole was ​created out of a shell ​company called Octagon.

shelladjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ʃel/ FINANCE, LAW
used to describe an ​organization that has been ​created to hide ​illegalactivities: The ​bill would prevent US ​banks from ​openingaccounts for ​foreign shell ​banks.
(Definition of shell from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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