Meaning of “present company excepted” in the English Dictionary

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"present company excepted" in British English

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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.

(Definition of “present company excepted” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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