present company excepted

Definition of present company excepted

formal
used to say that a person or persons present is/are not included in a general statement one has just made about a group or class of people
  • I don't like lawyers—present company excepted, of course!

Word by Word Definitions

present play
  1. : something presented : gift

  1. : to bring or introduce into the presence of someone especially of superior rank or status

  2. : to introduce socially

  3. : to bring (something, such as a play) before the public

  1. : now existing or in progress

  2. : being in view or at hand

  3. : existing in something mentioned or under consideration

  1. : present occasion or affair

  2. : the present words or statements

  3. : the present tense of a language

company play
  1. : association with another : fellowship

  2. : companions, associates

  3. : visitors, guests

  1. : accompany

  2. : associate

except play excepted
  1. : with the exclusion or exception of

  1. : to take or leave out from a number or a whole : exclude

  2. : to take exception : object

  1. : on any other condition than that : unless

  2. : with this exception, namely

  3. : only


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