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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?
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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?
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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]
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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.
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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.
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pass muster

To pass an examination or inspection; measure up to a given standard.
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So the main reason for this extra layer is that such systems can significantly improve on conventional paper-based systems by getting personnel accurately mustered and to safety more rapidly.
The Grove Park men mustered 197-5, Adam Wilde 47no.
Prince Harry, who has been staying in Australia for the past three months as part of a gap year, looked quite at home in the saddle as he and a team of five other cattle-hands mustered bulls around the Tooloombilla station, near Roma, southern Queensland.
Prince Harry, who has been staying in Australia for the past three months as part of a gap year,looked at home in the saddle as he and a team of five other cattle-hands mustered bulls around the Tooloombilla station,near Roma, southernQueensland.
The administration that mustered American troops and an international coalition to go halfway around the world to Iraq couldn't even muster enough courage to vote against a two-bit thug 90 miles from our shore?
While neither Jon Macken nor Shaun Goater could produce the required winner, Keegan's move was hugely significant given the investment City have made in the first-choice pairing, who have now mustered just two goals in eight matches together.
It seems the hippies at BaJ mustered one last socially conscious gasp before bolting with the cash.
Of course last, but certainly not least, make sure you have mustered all of your components together and made sure they are all operational before beginning.
Mitch Vogel, UPI President, pointed to an interesting discrepancy within agencies monitored by the IBHE asking the question, &uot;Why has the Illinois Student Assistance Commission offered its civil service employees increases amounting to 105% since 1985 while public universities have only mustered 77% during that same period?
Given the reprieve, the Kings continued to play solid defense but mustered little in the way of an attack of their own.