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pass muster

To be accepted as adequate; to meet the minimum or standard requirement. I gave the interview my best, but I guess I didn't pass muster. There are so many typos and structural problems—there's no way this report will pass muster with the boss.
See also: muster, pass

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.
See also: muster, of, out

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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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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pass muster

FORMAL
COMMON If someone or something passes muster, they are of a satisfactory standard for a particular purpose or job. He spoke French and Spanish and could just about pass muster in Italian. It is the only country that has yet to fulfill all the membership requirements, but it is expected to pass muster soon. Note: In the army and navy, a `muster' is an inspection of the soldiers' or sailors' uniforms and equipment.
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pass muster

be accepted as adequate or satisfactory.
This was originally a military expression, meaning ‘come through a review or inspection without censure’. It is found earlier (late 16th century to late 17th century) in the now obsolete form pass (the ) musters and has been in figurative use since the late 16th century.
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pass ˈmuster

be good enough; be acceptable: I didn’t think Charlie’s parents would like me, but evidently I pass muster. Muster is the calling together of soldiers, sailors, etc. for inspection. If you pass muster, you pass the inspection without criticism.
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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.
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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Wimbledon won't miss him too much and unless he gets to grips with the idea that winning inside the ivy-clad walls is the only thing that really matters in tennis, I suggest Muster toddles off and counts his millions.
Muster will have tickets for family sections but Fergie knows the TV cameras zoom in on famous friends and relatives.
They drank champagne, then the Duchess invited Muster to join her in the disco, where they chatted for two hours until 3am.
But Muster, last year's French Open winner, never knows when to quit and forced the first set into tie-break with a series of blistering serves and awesome passing shots.
Among the action is a treasure hunt, themed sailing displays and the event starts with a 'pirates parade' and, says Paul Miller, muster co-director: "We're also launching a Mersey Pirate Navy for children to design their own costumes, flags, parrots and props for the day.
Muster, 36, said: ``We are definitely not afraid -- we know we have good team and it is going to be an interesting tie.
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Austrian Muster, 28, didn't want Fergie at the match in case she upset his game - and latest love, 18-year-old Maxi Allesch.
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THE International Mersey Pirate Muster will be bigger, better, far noisier and more explosive than ever.
The day's events began with a fire truck parade from David Prouty High School, followed by a firemen's muster, carnival rides and games, a dunk tank, live bands and other entertainment at the fairgrounds.
Tennis: Thomas Muster has warned his in-form Austrian Davis Cup team will shatter Great Britain's World Group hopes in Portschach this weekend.
But the Giants do play six more games with Los Angeles, during which the Dodgers will need every clutch hit they can muster.
Grappenhall declared at 207-7 andUrmston could muster only 70,former Lancashire fast bowler Paul Ridgeway taking 5- 25 in possibly his last appearance for the club.