All I could muster up was that I loved him and to take care of himself.
What I am chiefly afraid of is that they will muster up there in force, and attempt to overwhelm us with a rush.
His sister was afraid, but he told her to muster up courage.
But the youth could not muster up courage enough to begin his wooing.
"Let me reckon," said the host, beginning to muster up his arithmetic.
Miss Maise had been trying to muster up courage to ask him that very thing, for she did not want him to think too harshly of her.
But he never could muster up courage enough to put the question.
We reached here not long before two, and went to work to try and muster up some dinner.
"You certainly have more courage than I could muster up," I said.
He thought of stopping some of those serious-looking men and asking them if they knew her, but he could not muster up the courage.
c.1300, "to display, reveal, appear," from Old French mostrer "appear, show, reveal," also in a military sense (10c., Modern French montrer), from Latin monstrare "to show," from monstrum "omen, sign" (see monster). Meaning "to collect, assemble" is early 15c.; figurative use (of qualities, etc.) is from 1580s. To muster out "gather to be discharged from military service" is 1834, American English. To muster up in the figurative and transferred sense of "gather, summon, marshal" is from 1620s. Related: Mustered; mustering.
late 14c., "action of showing, manifestation," from Old French mostre "illustration, proof; examination, inspection" (13c., Modern French montre), literally "that which is shown," from mostrer (see muster (v.)). Meaning "act of gathering troops" is from c.1400. To pass musters (1570s) originally meant "to undergo military review without censure."