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make an exception

To allow someone or something to forego or bypass a usual rule, law, or standard. Often followed by "for (someone)." I usually don't let students hand in any assignments late, but considering the recent circumstances with your family, I'm willing to make an exception. We have to be firm with our rules for the kids—if we keep making exceptions like this, they won't take us seriously.
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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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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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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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The 2002 Act makes exceptions for "retail businesses primarily engaged in the sale of tobacco or tobacco products." Eugene's more stringent indoor-air laws were in place before the state laws came along, but even they make exceptions for such stores.
Jesus Christ upheld the indissolubility of marriage but he did make exceptions. In Matthew 19:3-11 he said: "I tell you that any man who divorces his wife for any cause other than her unfaithfulness commits adultery if he marries some other woman." If Jesus made exceptions, why couldn't the Church?