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council pop

Tap water that is provided by the local city government (or corporation), likened humorously to a soft drink (pop) that is free. Primarily heard in UK. Back when I was a kid, the only thing we had to drink was council pop!
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councils of war never fight

Those who are supposed to make important decisions often struggle to do so. I'm not surprised that the board still hasn't approved this change, even with all of their recent meetings—councils of war never fight, after all.
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Councils of war never fight.

Prov. A group of people charged with crucial decisions often cannot act decisively. We tried to convince the boss not to form a committee, but to decide himself. We knew that councils of war never fight.
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References in classic literature ?
The same legislative branch acts again as executive council of the governor, and with him constitutes the Court of Appeals.
In conjunction with an executive council, he appoints the members of the judiciary department, and forms a court of impeachment for trial of all officers, judiciary as well as executive.
Throughout the States, it appears that the members of the legislature may at the same time be justices of the peace; in this State, the members of one branch of it are EX-OFFICIO justices of the peace; as are also the members of the executive council.
There was much grumbling, and my father called a council.
This honest expedient immediately removed the main difficulty; but the chief deferred all trading for a day or two; until he should have time to consult with his subordinate chiefs as to market rates; for the principal chief of a village, in conjunction with his council, usually fixes the prices at which articles shall be bought and sold, and to them the village must conform.
Lisa in the council had produced a pacific effect in the encampment.
But in the council one night, after long deliberation, it was determined to put spies on his track when he went forth to hunt, so that his methods might be learned.
And in the afternoon of that day the women hauled in the meat of the bear while the men sat in council assembled.
And curiosity was so strong on the men that the whole council, Klosh-Kwan to the fore, rose up and went to the IGLOO of Keesh.
But how far this effect proceeded from the authority of the federal council is left in uncertainty.
They tell me," Shere Khan would say, "that at Council ye dare not look him between the eyes.
Many of the wolves that looked thee over when thou wast brought to the Council first are old too, and the young wolves believe, as Shere Khan has taught them, that a man-cub has no place with the Pack.
It was because of this that I paid the price for thee at the Council when thou wast a little naked cub.
In three days your friend the secretary will be directed to come to your house, and read before you the articles of impeachment; and then to signify the great lenity and favour of his majesty and council, whereby you are only condemned to the loss of your eyes, which his majesty does not question you will gratefully and humbly submit to; and twenty of his majesty's surgeons will attend, in order to see the operation well performed, by discharging very sharp-pointed arrows into the balls of your eyes, as you lie on the ground.
It was a custom introduced by this prince and his ministry (very different, as I have been assured, from the practice of former times,) that after the court had decreed any cruel execution, either to gratify the monarch's resentment, or the malice of a favourite, the emperor always made a speech to his whole council, expressing his great lenity and tenderness, as qualities known and confessed by all the world.