present company excepted

Definition of present company excepted

formal

  1. —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

presentplay
  1. :  something presented :  gift

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

    :  to introduce socially

    :  to bring (as a play) before the public

  1. :  now existing or in progress

    :  being in view or at hand

    :  existing in something mentioned or under consideration

  1. :  present occasion or affair

    :  the present words or statements

    :  the legal instrument or other writing in which these words are used

companyplay
  1. :  association with another :  fellowship

    :  companions, associates

    :  visitors, guests

  1. :  accompany

    :  associate

exceptplay excepted
  1. :  with the exclusion or exception of

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

    :  to take exception :  object

  1. :  on any other condition than that :  unless

    :  with this exception, namely

    :  only


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