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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How to use pass muster in a sentence

  • It was, compared with the others, pretty good; but needed that comparison to make it pass muster.

    Letters from Palestine | J. D. Paxton
  • A truly impressive spectacle would pass muster for the promised "field of May," and profoundly affect the minds of all present.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte | William Milligan Sloane
  • It would as readily pass muster for anxiety that he should have remembered something as that he shouldn't.

    Somehow Good | William de Morgan