from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To meet or exceed a particular standard.
  • v. To adequately pass a formal or informal inspection.


From pass ("to undergo successfully") + muster ("military assemblage or review"); from 1570s, originally as pass musters. (Wiktionary)


  • He also wrote Hideki Yano’s death poem, after pointing out that my version wouldn’t pass muster in Japan.

    A Bob Lee Swagger eBook Boxed Set

  • Parts of it were evidently written when the theme stirred and moved the writer: others, again, when he was merely bent on reproducing scenes that lived in his singularly retentive memory, with needless minuteness of detail, and in any kind of couplet that might pass muster in respect of scansion and rhyme.


  • If you think my little efforts will pass muster I shall be very pleased to play the overture and entr’acte.”

    Overture to Death

  • Sir Robert, having a frugal mind, had acquired a statue of John Sobieski trampling on the Turk, which, judiciously altered, was made to pass muster so as to represent the Pensioner of Louis the Fourteenth and the Vendor of Dunkirk trampling on Oliver Cromwell.

    Andrew Marvell

  • It was because of his riding lessons that she could pass muster under Eugenia’s critical eye.

    Plain Language

  • By then you might just have managed to learn enough to pass muster in the consul’s chair!

    The First Man in Rome

  • The idea that our immune systems are so barraged by an onslaught of viral hits and vaccines, so vulnerable to an environment dirty with mercury, TCE, dioxin, and a hundred other known autogens that it’s sparking an autoimmune crisis, doesn’t pass muster with everyone.

    The Autoimmune Epidemic


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