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with the exception of

With the exclusion of a particular thing. I really enjoy my new job, with the exception of the long hours.
See also: exception, of

there is an exception to every rule

Rules are not as clear, permanent, and unchanging as they may seem. A: "I'm so relieved that the principal has not punished my daughter for missing more days of school than school policy allows." B: "Well, she was very sick. There is an exception to every rule." As much as I try to remind her that there is an exception to every rule, my grandmother remains totally inflexible.
See also: every, exception, rule, there

be the exception that proves the rule

To contradict a rule and thus confirm that the rule exists. A: "We're always told to get eight hours of sleep, but I usually feel really groggy when I sleep that much." B: "Well, I guess you're the exception that proves the rule."
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The exception proves the rule.

Prov. Something that does not follow a rule shows that the rule exists. (Often used facetiously, to justify some rule you have proposed but which someone else has listed exceptions. From a Latin phrase meaning that an exception tests a rule.) Ellen: Men are always rude. Jane: But Alan's always polite. And Larry and Ted are polite, too. Ellen: They're just the exceptions that prove the rule. Bill: All the shows on TV are aimed at people with low intelligence. Alan: What about that news program you like to watch? Bill: The exception proves the rule.
See also: exception, prove, rule

make an exception (for someone)

to suspend a rule or practice for someone in a single instance. Please make an exception just this once. The rule is a good one, and I will not make an exception for anyone.
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take exception

 (to something)
1. to take offense at something. I must take exception to your remark. Sue took exception to Fred's characterization of Bill as a cheapskate.
2. to disagree with something. I have to take exception to the figure you quoted. The manager took exception to the statement about having only three employees.
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except for

Also, with the exception of. Other than, were it not for. For example, Except for Jack, everyone came to the party, or With the exception of the weather, everything went extremely well. [c. 1600]
See also: except

exception proves the rule, the

An instance that does not obey a rule shows that the rule exists. For example, John's much shorter than average but excels at basketball-the exception proves the rule . This seemingly paradoxical phrase is the converse of the older idea that every rule has an exception. [Mid-1600s]
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make an exception

Exempt someone or something from a general rule or practice, as in Because it's your birthday, I'll make an exception and let you stay up as late as you want . This expression was first recorded about 1391.
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take exception to

Disagree with, object to, as in I take exception to that remark about unfair practices. This idiom, first recorded in 1542, uses exception in the sense of "objection," a meaning obsolete except in a few phrases.
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the exception that proves the rule

You say that something is the exception that proves the rule to mean that the example that you have just mentioned is not normal and is the opposite of what you usually find. Towers should generally be arranged in clusters, but the Post Office Tower was the exception that proved the rule — it needs to stand alone so that its signals are not interrupted. The most creative minds are often said to be the product of a problematic childhood, but Hornby must be the exception that proves the rule. Note: `Prove' here means `to test by experiment or analysis' rather than `to establish as true'. So, the meaning is that an exception tests a rule, not that it establishes the rule as true in all other situations.
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the exception that proves the rule

a particular case that is so unusual that it is evidence of the validity of the rule that generally applies.
This phrase comes from the Latin legal maxim exceptio probat regulum in casibus non exceptis ‘exception proves the rule in the cases not excepted’. This in fact meant that the recognition of something as an exception proved the existence of a rule, but the idiom is popularly used or understood to mean ‘a person or thing that does not conform to the general rule affecting others of that class’
1998 Spectator The success of The Full Monty in the United States is an exception which proves the rule. On such lucky breaks, industries and economies are not built.
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the exˈception that proves the ˈrule

(saying) people say that something is the exception that proves the rule when they are stating something that seems to be different from the normal situation, but they mean that the normal situation remains true in general: English people are supposed to be very reserved, but Pete is the exception that proves the rule — he’ll chat to anyone!
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make an exˈception

allow somebody not to follow the usual rule on one occasion: Children are not usually allowed in, but I’m prepared to make an exception in this case.
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take exˈception to something

be very offended by a remark, suggestion, etc: I take great exception to your suggestion that I only did this for the money.

with the exˈception of

except; not including: All his novels are set in Italy with the exception of his last.
See also: exception, of

without exˈception

used to emphasize that the statement you are making is always true and everyone or everything is included: All students without exception must take the English examination.
See also: exception, without

except for

Were it not for: I would join you except for my cold.
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take exception

To express opposition by argument; object to: took exception to the prosecutor's line of questioning.
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May 2, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of Education today released the Report on Referendum Exceptions for School Year 2014-15, which provides detailed information on the number of Pennsylvania school districts that have applied and been approved for exceptions under the Taxpayer Relief Act of 2006.
31, 2005 to permit X to use the recurring-item exception to deduct its equipment rental payment.
Leland, legal counsel for the group, said that, "Absent a compelling government interest to regulate the specific religious activity of a specific religious entity, the federal government must accommodate religious exercise and make exceptions to otherwise applicable laws.
Although our analysis of the provisions is ongoing, TEI currently has no comments in respect of the employment income exception.
An area of uncertainty within the motor vehicle exception relates to the discovery of containers within the vehicle.
Indeed, technology solutions that monitor and help fix errors and exceptions in the order-to-cash process, automate the receivables and collections management process and deliver real-time click-through visibility across the financial transactions are delivering tremendous returns--in revenue assurance, unlocking working capital, reducing operational costs and improving customer interactions.
When this is not done, the reinsurer may forfeit credibility when finger-pointing over ostensible exceptions.
This article explains the four types of key control exceptions CPAs may encounter as well as how to apply materiality to evaluate each one.
I believe that the ECB should keep its targeted interest rate ceiling at its current level, while allowing exceptions for such special shocks as the price of oil.
One exception justifies another and another, because each exception discriminates in favour of the next one; exceptions to a rule become a rule of exceptions; exceptions to the principle accumulate until exception becomes the principle.
If you receive nonpublic personal information from a nonaffiliated financial institution under an exception in section 216.
Now you know the rules, but many computer programmers might have overlooked the exception to the exception in their software programs.
The first exception is that pronouns are capitalized when they refer to royalty--for example, His Majesty.
Appearing Friday with Angela Buchanan, Judie Brown, president of the American Life League, said the current Republican plank ``acknowledges the right to life of all innocent preborn children, without exception.
The statute prohibits physicians having a financial relationship with an entity from referring patients to that entity for clinical laboratory services, without a specific exception.