Pass muster

muster

[muhs-ter]
verb (used with object)
1.
to assemble (troops, a ship's crew, etc.), as for battle, display, inspection, orders, or discharge.
2.
to gather, summon, rouse (often followed by up ): He mustered all his courage.
verb (used without object)
3.
to assemble for inspection, service, etc., as troops or forces.
4.
to come together; collect; assemble; gather.
noun
5.
an assembling of troops or persons for formal inspection or other purposes.
6.
an assemblage or collection.
7.
the act of mustering.
8.
Also called muster roll. (formerly) a list of the persons enrolled in a military or naval unit.
Verb phrases
9.
muster in, to enlist into service in the armed forces.
10.
muster out, to discharge from service in the armed forces: He will be mustered out of the army in only two more months.
Idioms
11.
pass muster,
a.
to pass a cursory inspection.
b.
to measure up to a certain standard; be adequate: Your grades don't pass muster.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English mostren (v.) < Old French mostrer < Latin mōnstrāre to show, derivative of mōnstrum portent; see monster

premuster, verb (used with object)
unmustered, adjective

muster, mustard.


1. convoke. See gather. 1, 4. convene; congregate. 5. gathering, assembly, convention.


1, 4. scatter, separate.
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muster (ˈmʌstə)
 
vb (sometimes foll by up)
1.  to call together (numbers of men) for duty, inspection, etc, or (of men) to assemble in this way
2.  (US)
 a.  muster in to enlist into military service
 b.  muster out to discharge from military service
3.  (Austral), (NZ) (tr) to round up (livestock)
4.  to summon or gather: to muster one's arguments; to muster up courage
 
n
5.  an assembly of military personnel for duty, inspection, etc
6.  a collection, assembly, or gathering
7.  (Austral), (NZ) the rounding up of livestock
8.  a flock of peacocks
9.  pass muster to be acceptable
 
[C14: from old French moustrer, from Latin monstrāre to show, from monstrum portent, omen]

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Word Origin & History

muster
c.1300, "to display, reveal, appear," from O.Fr. mostrer (modern Fr. montrer), from L. monstrare "to show," from monstrum "omen, sign" (see monster). Noun meaning "act of gathering troops" is c.1400. To pass musters (1570s) originally meant "to undergo military review without
censure." To muster out "gather to be discharged from military service" is 1834, Amer.Eng. To muster up in the fig. and transf. sense of "gather, summon, marshal" is from 1620s. Related: Mustered; mustering.
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Idioms & Phrases

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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