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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References in classic literature ?
Franklin and me at the Shivering Sand--with this difference, that I took care to keep my own counsel about the jugglers, seeing that nothing had happened to justify me in alarming my lady on this head.
I can keep my own counsel when there's no good i' speaking.
Nadir felt hard done by but I'll keep my own counsel as we got enough bookings and it's important I don't follow suit.
I didn't say anything, rightly or wrongly, it was better to keep my own counsel and let everybody else talk themselves in a spin," said Hughes, whose attention is now firmly focused on pushing his overachieving side as near as possible to a Champions League place.
I'll let them voice their opinions in public and I'll do what I normally do, keep my own counsel, and we will wait and see what happens.
I have got my own thoughts on what went wrong and sometimes I think I should keep my own counsel," he said.
But I had a young wife and decided to keep my own counsel, and as a result got ripped to bits by every woman journalist Jenny spoke to - none of whom ever rang to find out if there were two sides to the story.