keep (one's) own counsel

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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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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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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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The messenger rode back at an easy trot, stopping pretty often at ale-houses by the way to drink, but evincing a tendency to keep his own counsel, and to keep his hat cocked over his eyes.
He was certainly a man who knew how to keep his own counsel," he admitted.
Nathaniel Pipkin thought it best to keep his own counsel, and by so doing gradually rose into high favour with old Lobbs.
McInnes has been advised by league bosses to keep his own counsel on the incident but was quick to back his club's supporters.
Allardyce believes the comments were ill-advised and urged the Spurs manager to keep his own counsel.
SUNDERLAND boss Martin O'Neill has advised James McClean to keep his own counsel amid brewing unrest over his decision to represent the Republic of Ireland.
Despite repeated attempts over the last 48 hours to contact him, Hughton has apparently decided to keep his own counsel until he has had a chance to fully reflect on the ramifications of the weekend's controversial club statement.
GORDON Brown is right to keep his own counsel over releasing al-Megrahi.
I think he is well within his rights to keep his own counsel about his thoughts," said Mowbray.
NEVER one to keep his own counsel, Diego Maradona has labelled the rules for Fifa's World Player of the Year vote as "stupid.
Manager Chris Coleman opted to keep his own counsel after the match and so it was left to a bemused Kean to give Coventry's take on events.
Stoute preferred to keep his own counsel on the BHA's visit, saying: "The BHA visited the stable and they will fill you in on the results - I'm training racehorses.
He agrees to keep his own counsel, but warns the philanderer to end one of the relationships.