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English definition of “present company excepted”

present company excepted

used to show that a criticism or a rude remark does not refer to the people you are talking to: People here just don't know how to dress, present company excepted.Excluding
(Definition of present company excepted from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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