To pass muster
Muster Mus"ter, n. [OE. moustre, OF. mostre, moustre, F. montre, LL. monstra. See {Muster}, v. t.] 1. Something shown for imitation; a pattern. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. A show; a display. [Obs.] --Piers Plowman. [1913 Webster]

3. An assembling or review of troops, as for parade, verification of numbers, inspection, exercise, or introduction into service. [1913 Webster]

The hurried muster of the soldiers of liberty. --Hawthorne. [1913 Webster]

See how in warlike muster they appear, In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

4. The sum total of an army when assembled for review and inspection; the whole number of effective men in an army. [1913 Webster]

And the muster was thirty thousands of men. --Wyclif. [1913 Webster]

Ye publish the musters of your own bands, and proclaim them to amount of thousands. --Hooker. [1913 Webster]

5. Any assemblage or display; a gathering. [1913 Webster]

Of the temporal grandees of the realm, mentof their wives and daughters, the muster was great and splendid. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

{Muster book}, a book in which military forces are registered.

{Muster file}, a muster roll.

{Muster master} (Mil.), one who takes an account of troops, and of their equipment; a mustering officer; an inspector. [Eng.]

{Muster roll} (Mil.), a list or register of all the men in a company, troop, or regiment, present or accounted for on the day of muster.

{To pass muster}, to pass through a muster or inspection without censure. [1913 Webster]

Such excuses will not pass muster with God. --South. [1913 Webster]


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  • pass muster — {v. phr.}, {informal} To pass a test or check up; be good enough. * /After a practice period, Sam found that he was able to pass muster as a lathe operator./ * /His work was done carefully, so it always passed muster./ Compare: MEASURE UP …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pass muster — {v. phr.}, {informal} To pass a test or check up; be good enough. * /After a practice period, Sam found that he was able to pass muster as a lathe operator./ * /His work was done carefully, so it always passed muster./ Compare: MEASURE UP …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pass\ muster — v. phr. informal To pass a test or check up; be good enough. After a practice period, Sam found that he was able to pass muster as a lathe operator. His work was done carefully, so it always passed muster. Compare: measure up …   Словарь американских идиом

  • 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… …   New idioms dictionary

  • pass muster — pass a test or checkup, be good enough I wrote some of the instructions of the computer manual and will send them to my partner to see if they pass muster …   Idioms and examples

  • pass muster — BE GOOD ENOUGH, come up to standard, come up to scratch, measure up, be acceptable/adequate, fill/fit the bill; informal make the grade, come/be up to snuff. → muster * * * phrasal 1. : to pass an inspection or examination : be found satisfactory …   Useful english dictionary

  • pass muster —    If something passes muster, it meets the required standard.   (Dorking School Dictionary)    ***    If someone or something passes muster, they are considered to be satisfactory or acceptable.     The interview went well. I hope I ll pass… …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • pass muster — as far as Dean s parents are concerned, I ll never pass muster Syn: be good enough, come up to standard, come up to scratch, measure up, be acceptable/adequate, fill/fit the bill; informal make the grade, come/be up to snuff …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • pass muster — [usually in negatives or questions] to reach the expected or necessary standard The passports are obviously false: they ll never pass muster at Immigration …   English dictionary

  • pass muster — verb a) to measure up to a particular standard. The new employees just arent passing muster. b) to adequately pass a formal or informal inspection. Syn: cut the mustard, cut it, hack it, make the grade, measure up …   Wiktionary

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