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a fool may give a wise man counsel

Do not be overconfident in others' advice. I know you hold Bill in high esteem, but I don't think you should do as he suggested. Just keep in mind that a fool may give a wise man counsel.
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counsel someone about something

to give advice to someone about something. Will you counsel George about which tires to buy?
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counsel someone against something

to advise someone against doing something. The lawyer counseled her against suing the government. I was counseled against going for a walk alone at night.
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keep one's own counsel

Fig. to keep one's thoughts and plans to oneself; to withhold from other people one's thoughts and plans. Jane is very quiet. She tends to keep her own counsel. I advise you to keep your own counsel.
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keep your own counsel

(slightly formal)
to not tell other people your thoughts He was a quiet man who kept his own counsel no matter what was going on around him.
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keep your own counsel

  (slightly formal)
to not tell other people about your opinions or plans He was a quiet man who kept his own counsel.
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keep one's own counsel

Say little or nothing about one's opinions or intentions. For example, Betty is notorious for keeping her own counsel; you never know what she really thinks. This expression employs counsel in the sense of "a secret," a usage dating from about 1300.
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There I might have met with some woman who would have undertaken the task of teaching me the perils of every path, who would have formed my manners, counseled me without wounding my vanity, and introduced me everywhere where I was likely to make friends who would be useful to me in my future career.
Hey, you, sport--throw sand in his eyes," Bert counseled.
To illustrate this approach, we have drawn clinical material from our work in several different psychiatric hospitals in which we have counseled a variety of clients whose illnesses have represented every major category of mental illness.
The school board attorney has advised all principals that written permission from parents is not legally required because parents know that counseling services are offered in the schools and would expect that their children would be counseled from time to time.
County, Granados has counseled people online from as far away as Japan, Florida and South Dakota.
Further, because counseling is considered to be a contractual relationship, "minors cannot legally agree to be counseled on their own" (Remley & Herlihy, p.
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