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muster out of something

to be discharged from military service. He mustered out of the service before his time was up. I want to know how I can muster out too.
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muster something up

to call up some quality, such as courage. Do you think you can muster enough courage up to do the job? Can you muster up enough strength to do the job?
See also: muster, up

pass muster

Fig. to measure up to the required standards. I tried, but my efforts didn't pass muster. If you don't wear a jacket and tie, you won't pass muster at that fancy restaurant. They won't let you in.
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pass muster

to be acceptable or satisfactory The tortillas and tacos we offered for lunch today didn't pass muster with the students.
Etymology: based on the military use of the phrase pass muster (to gather soldiers in a group to show officers they are acceptably dressed and equipped)
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pass muster

to be of an acceptable standard for a particular purpose Well, how did I do in the test? Do I pass muster?
See also: muster, pass

muster in

Enlist in military service. For example, They were mustered in at Fort Dix. The antonym is muster out, meaning "to leave or be discharged from military service," as in He was mustered out and given a dishonorable discharge. [First half of 1800s]
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pass muster

Meet a required standard, as in That yard cleanup won't pass muster with Mom. This expression originally meant "to undergo a military review without censure," muster referring to an assembling of troops for inspection or a similar purpose. [Late 1500s]
See also: muster, pass

muster in

v.
1. To enlist someone in military service. Used chiefly in the passive: Once the men were mustered in, they got their heads shaved.
2. To enlist in military service: In the US, you can't officially muster in until you're 18 years old.
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muster out

v.
1. To discharge someone from military service. Used chiefly in the passive: The last of the soldiers who fought in that battle were mustered out last week.
2. To be discharged from military service: I mustered out last month, and I'm proud that I had the chance to serve my country.
See also: muster, out

muster up

v.
To gather up some force of will to do something: I couldn't muster up the courage to tell them about my terrible mistake. Although the team lost, they mustered some good cheer up and went to the party.
See also: muster, up

pass muster

To be judged as acceptable.
See also: muster, pass

pass muster

To pass an examination or inspection; measure up to a given standard.
See also: muster, pass
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In addition to the hand-tub competition, the muster events included the dry hose race, the wet hose race, a hose-rolling competition and the bucket brigade.
Muster held his own serve to stay in the match at 5-1 down, before Edberg earned a standing ovation as he held his nerve and serve to close out the set with his first match point.
Under the Common Elements of Musters and Emergency Instructions policy, member cruise lines have specified 12 common elements that will be communicated to passengers in musters and emergency instructions.
Paul Miller, muster co-director, said: "We're also launching a Mersey Pirate Navy for children to design their own costumes, flags, parrots and props for the day.
A pal of Muster said: "Maxi is a big reason why Thomas didn't really want the duchess to watch him play.
New requirements for musters of newly embarked passengers prior to or immediately upon departure come into force on 1 January 2015.
This was the first time Pirate Muster, now in its third year, crossed the River Mersey to its new home in New Brighton.
2) East Brookfield Firefighters, from left, Tony Forestiere, Danny Livermore, and Casey Blodgett run during a firemen's muster hose competition.
Former world No 1 Muster captains his team for the first time and believes they have a big chance of beating Jeremy Bates' men.
Timperley also chalked up a maiden victory by 47 runs at home to Bredbury after scoring 139,Bredbury could muster only 92.
Rusedski, who defeated Yevgeny Kafelnikov in Vienna earlier this week, swept Muster aside at Indian Wells, taking it 7-6 6-1.
Henman could consider himself unlucky to encounter such a formidable opponent in his opening match, but as soon as he gave Muster a hint of encouragement with two double-faults and a dropped service in the third game, the writing was on the wall.
2's winning touch deserted him after his brilliant first-round success over fifth seed Thomas Muster, and he was soundly beaten 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.
Muster is believed to have started backing off from Fergie because things were getting too intense.
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