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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 advise one on a particular topic or issue. Since you used to handle this project, can you counsel Joanne about it?
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counsel (someone) against (something)

To advise one against taking some action. As his defense lawyer, you need to counsel your client against making incriminating statements like that.
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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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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 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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a counsel of despair

an action to be taken when all else fails.
2003 Guardian This is not a counsel of despair. The argument in favour of the euro can be won, as Winning From Behind, a pamphlet published today by Britain in Europe, argues.
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a counsel of perfection

advice that is ideal but not feasible.
1986 E. Hall in Home Owner Manual Twice yearly desludging has been recommended but this is probably a counsel of perfection.
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keep your own ˈcounsel

(formal) keep your thoughts, plans, etc. secret: Try to keep your own counsel when you’re with him, or he’ll tell everyone what you say.
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Honour him then yourself, Olympian lord of counsel, and grant victory to the Trojans, till the Achaeans give my son his due and load him with riches in requital.
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Department of Justice, Civil Division, Anikeeff represents and counsels entities that conduct or desire to conduct business with the federal government or with state and local governments.
area legal community for the first time at a corporate counsel event hosted by the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) on April 25 at The Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, 1700 Tysons Boulevard, McLean, Virginia.
New corporate governance regulations, heightened scrutiny by regulatory agencies, and increased mergers and acquisitions activity have changed the way business is being done, and particularly the role of in-house counsel in advising on critical business and legal decisions.
Following Giuliani's keynote remarks, a panel of in-house counsel and lawyers from Bracewell & Giuliani will discuss how corporate counsel can identify and resolve problems to reduce their company's risk of government investigation.
Willkie is now the only law firm in the country with two former EPA General Counsels.
Patrick announced today the appointment of four Associate General Counsels, effective January 1, 2000.
McQueeney - Associate General Counsel for Litigation
Robertson -Associate General Counsel for Transactions