keep one's own counsel

keep (one's) own counsel

To not share one's thoughts or plans with others. I'm just naturally a private person, so I keep my 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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Whilst Keane may have thought that the squad was as close to matching Arsenal as they have ever been, until they start performing on a consistent level it is best to keep one's own counsel.
Life had taught her some valuable lessons, like knowing when to make people laugh, nurturing a sense of self-worth, realising the value of self-deprecation, learning to keep one's own counsel, and developing an inner steel.