present company excepted

present company excepted
present company excepted spoken phrase
used for saying that a criticism that you are making does not refer to the person or people who are with you

‘Men are so stupid,’ she said, ‘present company excepted!’

Thesaurus: ways of making or receiving criticism or blamehyponym to criticize, accuse or blamesynonym
Main entry: present

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excluding those who are here now

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present company exˈcepted f5 idiom
(informal) used after being rude or critical about sb to say that the people you are talking to are not included in the criticism

The people in this office are so narrow-minded, present company excepted, of course.

Main entry:presentidiom

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