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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Three months into an initiative that has prompted tracks to inject a disputed seven-figure sum into prize-money, the Horsemen's Group and Racecourse Association yesterday agreed to keep their own counsel on a subject that has triggered significant ill-feeling.
The Ashes, and all discussion about it, has been notably absent from England's public statements in the build-up to these West Indies Tests, with new coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss preferring to keep their own counsel on the matter.
The Ashes, and all discussion about it, has been notably absent from England's public statements in the build-up to both these West Indies Tests, with new coach Andy Flower and captain Andrew Strauss preferring to keep their own counsel on the matter.
Llambias was grilled by the Supporters Panel, a cross-section of 23 fans, during a two-and-a-half-hour session during which he admitted that the club's decision to keep their own counsel in the immediate aftermath of Keegan's exit was a mistake.
I also believe that too many people publicly state their own opinions when they should keep their own counsel.
Less than two years on from a guilty verdict against the Turin giants for match-fixing you might have thought they'd prefer to keep their own counsel on the subject of match officials.
It's likely, then, that Liverpool's players will be happy to keep their own counsel until May 23 and leave the posturing and declarations to Gattuso and company.
Boro, however, have decided to keep their own counsel and instead are working hard to complete the three transfers they aim to conclude before the start of pre-season training on Monday.
There have been recent claims that both are secure in the short-term at least, and those who really have their survival at heart would probably do well to keep their own counsel rather than spread doom and gloom stories.