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 Exception.Excheq’uer. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Excep’tions prove the Rule.
 
They prove there is a rule, or there could be no exceptions; the very fact of exceptions proves there must be a rule.   1
       
“Exceptio probat regulam.”—Columella.
 


 Exception.Excheq’uer. 

 
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