present company excluded

Definition of present company excluded

used to say that a critical comment one has made about a group of people does not include the person or people one is with
  • Men are such jerks—present company excluded, 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

exclude play excluded
  1. : to prevent or restrict the entrance of

  2. : to bar from participation, consideration, or inclusion

  3. : to expel or bar especially from a place or position previously occupied


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