present company excepted

present company excepted

Without regards to the person or people in one's immediate vicinity. Everyone in this school is a self-centered, spoiled little brat. Present company excepted, of course. Present company excepted, there isn't a single person in this building who has the skills it takes to run the business.
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present company excepted

People say present company excepted when they say something about other people, to show that they are not referring to the people or person they are with. Men are hopeless at expressing their feelings, present company excepted, of course. Note: This expression is usually used when people are saying something critical or unpleasant about other people.
See also: company, except, present
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

present company excepted

excluding those who are here now.
See also: company, except, present
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

present company exˈcepted

(also excepting present ˈcompany) used as a polite remark to show that the criticisms you are making are not directed at the people you are talking to: My feeling is that the people around here, present company excepted of course, are rather unfriendly.
See also: company, except, present
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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References in classic literature ?
Everybody it appears, the present company excepted, has plotted against Mrs.
Especially if the press you're reading is tabloid sized (present company excepted, naturally).
The event followed the usual format, which eschews a red carpet and press (present company excepted) in favor of strictly casual dress and buoyant, off-the-record conversations: Jennifer Aniston talking with Elton John and Valentino, Captain America chatting with Thor (Chris Evans and Chris Hemsworth), and Olympian Shaun White lingering at the exit wishing people like Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez a good night.
Present company excepted, which political party is named after Irish thieves?
However, you are forgetting the flip side, which is that television is littered with an army of talentless, yet sexy young females, who have made it on to our screens solely because of their beauty and not because of their presenting skills (present company excepted!).
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.
Sad to say you won't even read what you need to know in the pages of most trade magazines (present company excepted) because most of those charged with keeping you informed need a crash course in the 21st century themselves.
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.