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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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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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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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Shock-absorbing Supalite soles grip well and the boots are stylish enough to pass muster in a country pub.
And that, apparently, is all it takes for wacky educational policy to pass muster in the Assembly.
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That measure, its sponsors hope, could be introduced in the Senate, as well, as it is considered more likely to pass muster through the Assembly and the Governor.
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According to Sapora, "In these difficult times it is more and more incumbent upon corporate compensation committees to justify executive benefits as part of a reasonable overall remuneration package that will also pass muster with stakeholders.
Vice Chancellor Leo Strine of Delaware's Court of Chancery said PeopleSoft was clearly attempting to tailor a special customer-protection program to pass muster in the case when it rewrote the program Monday.
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Timothy Taylor, head of the city's Building and Safety Department, called Kerry Welsh, director of marketing for Optiflex USA, and told him the pipe was likely to pass muster.
In the longer term, most existing applications lack thorough enforcement of business process, and may be the place where a new application or IT-supported business process is required to pass muster with auditors and let the CEO and CFO sleep better at night.
To pass muster, the item typically needs to have a minimum value of about $50.
HE'S good enough for Julia Roberts, but former Law & Order star Benjamin Bratt may not pass muster with Sharon Stone.
Prior press reports have chronicled the convoluted and transparent attempts by these foreign companies to structure the transaction in a manner designed to pass muster under important national security standards.