present company excepted

present company excepted

  (British, American & Australian humorous) also present company excluded (American humorous)
something that you say which means that the criticism you have just made does not describe the people who are listening to you now People just don't know how to dress in this country, present company excepted, of course.
See also: company, except, present
References in classic literature ?
Everybody it appears, the present company excepted, has plotted against Mrs.
Present company excepted, which political party is named after Irish thieves?
There are also one or two Premiership referees - no names - who wouldn't expect to receive festive greetings from me and the same could be said of some journalists - present company excepted.
He had chosen the Royal Berkshire Shooting School as the venue for this latest bout of extortion and, present company excepted, had chosen his victims well.
PRESENT company excepted, the perfect punter has never been born.