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 Excel’sior.Excep’tions prove the Rule. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Exception.
 
To take exception. To feel offended; to find fault with.   1
        “Her manner was so … respectful, that I could not take exception to this reproof.”—Farjeon.
 


 Excel’sior.Excep’tions prove the Rule. 

 
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