Idioms for muster

    pass muster,
    1. to pass a cursory inspection.
    2. to measure up to a certain standard; be adequate: Your grades don't pass muster.

Origin of muster

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

OTHER WORDS FROM muster

pre·mus·ter, verb (used with object)un·mus·tered, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH muster

muster mustard

synonym study for muster

1. See gather.
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British Dictionary definitions for pass muster

muster
/ (ˈmʌstə) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for muster

C14: from old French moustrer, from Latin monstrāre to show, from monstrum portent, omen
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Idioms and Phrases with pass muster (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with pass muster (2 of 2)

muster

In addition to the idiom beginning with muster

  • muster in

also see:

  • pass muster
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