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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
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But now, with a lot of the capital markets drying up for dot-commers, you're not going to see a lot of IPOs -- present company excluded.