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muster as in:  muster strength or the crew

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  • Can you muster enough votes to get it passed?
  • Muster the crew for inspection.
    muster = gather
  • She could not muster her usual venom.   (source)
    muster = gather from within
  • He held his mind to the task for a long time, picturing, with all the clarity he could muster, everything he had seen in that underground realm—the long stairway, the tunnels, the door, the path along the river, the rocks along the path.   (source)
  • I gave him a sheepish grin and a quick "Thank you." I wished I could have mustered more.   (source)
    mustered = gathered (from within)
  • In March, however, he mustered his resolve once more and resumed his lonely trek.   (source)
    mustered = gathered
  • I was feeling better now that it was half over, and I sat next to Maxon with the best posture I could muster.   (source)
    muster = gather
  • There the School's history had unrolled, the fabled riot scenes and Presidential visits and Civil War musterings, if not in these buildings then in their predecessors on the same site.   (source)
    musterings = gatherings (of soldiers for inspection)
  • I mustered the courage to walk through the silent house by myself and reached the warehouse.   (source)
    mustered = gathered (from within)
  • She couldn't for the life of her muster up any enthusiasm for games.   (source)
    muster = gather from within
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  • after we had mustered in the drop room of the Rodger Young, our platoon leader inspected us.   (source)
    mustered = gathered
  • Any time I went fishing, she got fish. And all the soybean meal and alfalfa I could muster.   (source)
    muster = gather
  • I couldn't muster up a single commonplace out of the thousand in my head.   (source)
    muster = come up with (think of)
  • And that, as it was, all the strength we could muster was required to cope with the Count's extraordinary power.   (source)
    muster = gather
  • I stared up at her, temporarily frozen, mustering my courage.†   (source)
  • He quit searching for Beatrice Leep's stepbrother, though it required all the willpower he could muster.†   (source)
  • A half-truth at best, though tedious enough to pass muster.†   (source)
  • All he could muster was a spastic, upward jerk.†   (source)
  • A Type I civilization can muster an amount of energy equivalent to the total energy output of the Earth.†   (source)
  • I was unable to muster the energy to argue with him anymore.†   (source)
  • But I finally mustered the courage to answer yes when someone asked whether I'd like some wine and, if so, what kind.†   (source)
  • Paul didn't know how he mustered the strength to leap to his feet, but he still felt a stream of urine on his back.†   (source)
  • Then it takes all the tenderness Brad can muster to reassure me that everything's going to be all right.†   (source)
  • If you can't muster the will to jump off, you don't belong here.†   (source)
  • When a fish was in just the right spot, I jerked the gaff up with all the might and speed I could muster.†   (source)
  • It was all I could muster.†   (source)
  • Finding nothing in the entire house, Sophie mustered the courage to sneak into her grandfather's bedroom.†   (source)
  • She had slapped Malfoy across the face with all the strength she could muster.†   (source)
  • There he is, I said, mustering all the excitement I could find in my empty till.†   (source)
  • He had no idea how he would muster the will to go on in the morning.†   (source)
  • I was so taken by the situation at this point that I could not muster even a polite refusal.†   (source)
  • Cole mustered a serious face.†   (source)
  • For forgetting her birth date during evening muster.†   (source)
  • "That's brilliant," Hugh said, but neither he nor the other two could muster a smile.†   (source)
  • After a minute, I mustered the gumption to say, "I don't know, Jess," but I was shaken and afraid.†   (source)
  • The girl, frightened and perplexed, could hardly muster a shake of the head.†   (source)
  • Mae mustered no adjectives.†   (source)
  • Then he let out the biggest, loudest scream he could muster.†   (source)
  • He himself was always in need of words, even when he couldn't quite muster them, but she seemed capable of a brand of silence he couldn't feel inside.†   (source)
  • She scrambled through the woods, breathing so hard she couldn't muster the air to cry for help.†   (source)
  • Little Rickon first, managing the long walk with all the dignity a three-year-old could muster.†   (source)
  • She could feel Patrick's eyes on her, but she couldn't quite muster the courage to meet them.†   (source)
  • I say in the deepest voice I can muster.†   (source)
  • In my room," I say, forcing as much disdain into my voice as I can muster.†   (source)
  • A somewhat doubtful proposal, but I say it with as much surety as I can muster.†   (source)
  • Due to all the chaos parading through my head and stomach, I fail to muster a reply.†   (source)
  • "Chuck," I answered, as friendly as I could muster.†   (source)
  • I smile back, with as much passion as I can muster, and we stare at each other with the feelings inside us rolling like ocean waves.†   (source)
  • You're part of my muster group.†   (source)
  • He and the guard are both staring at me: the guard, suspiciously; Alex with as much detachment as he can muster.†   (source)
  • "Stop," Jason ordered, with as much force as he could muster.†   (source)
  • This was noisier than any celebration Matt had ever seen in Quincy, even on Muster Day.†   (source)
  • Everywhere I looked there were signs for runaway shelters, runaway hotlines, and one lady cop in particular gave me the fish-eye as I was hurrying outside—after sixty-plus hours on the bus, I was dirty and tired and knew I didn't really pass muster—but nobody stopped me and I didn't look behind me until I was out the door, and well away.†   (source)
  • Ender noted with pleasure that Condor could only muster the minimal five soldiers necessary to open the gate to victory.†   (source)
  • It was all Hannah could do to free her arms enough so that she could pat Gitl's shorn head, touching it with as much tenderness as she could muster, while her cheeks still burned from the unwarranted slaps.†   (source)
  • 'Your officer helped the humans,' he blurted, mustering as much indignation as possible.†   (source)
  • Eragon returned the intense stare with all the determination he could muster.†   (source)
  • I have survived the terrible moments of being without them and my head is clear and my senses alert and I need all the sharpness I can muster to get the bike back.†   (source)
  • I simply couldn't muster any fear of him.†   (source)
  • Her nature became his landmark-what Melville would call, with more sobriety than we can now muster, his Greenwich Standard...Sol paused to access the definition of Greenwich Standard, and then he read on.†   (source)
  • It's the October 1994, fortiethanniversary gala of the New Brown Memorial Baptist Church, and a deacon stands before the audience to muster them up for prayer.†   (source)
  • I'll be back, Viviana," I mustered while on my way out.†   (source)
  • With every effort he could muster, he kept himself from falling back into the black hole of his emotions.†   (source)
  • I couldn't even muster the energy to indulge my hobbies—playing guitar, woodworking, reading.†   (source)
  • That was all I could muster.†   (source)
  • Breathless as she was, she mustered a faint smile and tried to reassure us.†   (source)
  • I could barely muster a "yeah."†   (source)
  • Leigh Anne ran a tight ship and within weeks it was clear that Michael was the only member of the crew who passed muster.†   (source)
  • Even when she did muster the courage to ask Nelson Lord's question, she could not hear Sethe's answer, nor Baby Suggs' words, nor anything at all thereafter.†   (source)
  • Sophie straightened and tried to muster the dregs of her energy.†   (source)
  • I don't think I can muster much sympathy for their perspective.†   (source)
  • He did not press the point, but when Nadia brought her face close to his in bed that night, close enough to tickle his lips with her breathing, he was unable to muster the enthusiasm to bridge the tiny distance it would have taken to kiss.†   (source)
  • Mrs. Lincoln smiled at me, with a smile more wicked than anything Ridley could muster on her best day.†   (source)
  • We mustered the prisoners.†   (source)
  • "Now, listen," Morton said, trying to muster sternness.†   (source)
  • I knew she had mustered up all her courage to come along, the way she kept looking behind us when we first hit that isolated stretch of highway.†   (source)
  • So it was to be just the Price family and whatever help we could muster up.†   (source)
  • Give me a muster, Mr. Ismay.†   (source)
  • Despite the rain he jolted around the grounds to direct planting and sodding and every morning at dawn attended Burnham's mandatory muster of key men.†   (source)
  • Nathaniel's scholarship was extended, the jury decided he had passed muster to move up to the concert orchestra the following semester and he was invited to summer in Aspen again after a brief vacation in Cleveland.†   (source)
  • Finally someone up front mustered the magical phrase: "Trick or treat!"†   (source)
  • "I'm really glad you're okay, Alec," she said, putting every ounce of sincerity into her voice that she could muster.†   (source)
  • To keep that from happening, we'd either have to fake that motivation or muster it up somehow.†   (source)
  • She knows we'll need every bit of love and hate we can muster to get through this.†   (source)
  • He glared back at me with a look of rage, defiance, and disrespect that only someone who has made a lifelong practice of selfish anger can muster.†   (source)
  • A nod was the only thing I could muster.†   (source)
  • But I cannot muster any sorrow for Mrs. Byrne.†   (source)
  • Dan spoke with as much authority as he could muster, desperately hoping Sandy would take him at his word.†   (source)
  • The old Baron Vladimir Harkonnen is there with Thufir Hawat beside him and seven ships jammed with every conscript he could muster.†   (source)
  • In many towns% virtually the whole male population was mustered for the fight.†   (source)
  • The money they had mustered out with was gone, and they had signed notes in town and gotten into trouble.†   (source)
  • Esteban watched Clara with all the discretion he could muster, feeling himself gradually coming under the young girl's spell.†   (source)
  • It made me so happy to see them together, it took everything I could muster not to cry.†   (source)
  • He looked friendly enough but I still couldn't muster up enough courage to go in.†   (source)
  • Before I could exercise better judgment or muster up a tad more patience, I did something completely out of character and ducked under the ropes.†   (source)
  • Therefore, muster your strength and keep your faith.†   (source)
  • The authorities were extremely strict about this, and the only kind of publication that would pass muster might be a quarterly on actuarial science for a prisoner studying accounting.†   (source)
  • "Yeah, well you plus me, we're like MTV plus Lifetime," I say, with as much jauntiness as I can muster.†   (source)
  • And when she asked about drugs, I summoned every ounce of righteous indignation I could muster and denied touching a thing except a toke or two of weed.†   (source)
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muster as in:  didn't pass muster

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  • We were called for muster at dawn.
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  • AT 0900 the entire battalion musters in the yard, creating a sea of blue jumpsuits headed by the top four squads in their crisp new fatigues.†   (source)
  • In one group, he musters the courage to slip in a Mullah Omar joke that he had learned in Farsi back in California.†   (source)
  • Here in the northward regions were the mines and forges, and the musterings of long-planned war; and here the Dark Power, moving its armies like pieces on the board, was gathering them together.†   (source)
  • For having set in the Hôtel des Tournelles six panes of white glass in the place where the iron cage is, thirteen sols; for having made and delivered by command of the king, on the day of the musters, four shields with the escutcheons of the said seigneur, encircled with garlands of roses all about, six livres; for two new sleeves to the king's old doublet, twenty sols; for a box of grease to grease the boots of the king, fifteen deniers; a stable newly made to lodge the king's black pigs, thirty livres parisis; many partitions, planks, and trap-doors, for the safekeeping of the lions at Saint-Paul, twenty-two livres.†   (source)
  • Upon the race-course, or enjoying picnics or jigs or a good game of
    At he-festivals, with blackguard gibes, ironical license,
    bull-dances, drinking, laughter,
    At the cider-mill tasting the sweets of the brown mash, sucking the
    juice through a straw,
    At apple-peelings wanting kisses for all the red fruit I find,
    At musters, beach-parties, friendly bees, huskings, house-raisings;
    Where the mocking-bird sounds his delicious gurgles, cackles,
    screams, weeps,
    Where the hay-rick stands in the barn-yard, where the dry-stalks are
    scatter'd, where the brood-cow waits in the hovel,
    Where the bull advances to do his masculine work, where the stud to
    the mare†   (source)
  • Back, Edmund, to my brother; Hasten his musters and conduct his powers: I must change arms at home, and give the distaff Into my husband's hands.†   (source)
  • Nay, but this dotage of our general's O'erflows the measure: those his goodly eyes, That o'er the files and musters of the war Have glow'd like plated Mars, now bend, now turn, The office and devotion of their view Upon a tawny front: his captain's heart, Which in the scuffles of great fights hath burst The buckles on his breast, reneges all temper, And is become the bellows and the fan To cool a gipsy's lust.†   (source)
  • I speak of peace, while covert emnity Under the smile of safety wounds the world: And who but Rumour, who but only I, Make fearful musters and prepared defence, Whiles the big year, swoln with some other grief, Is thought with child by the stern tyrant war, And no such matter?†   (source)
  • Our present musters grow upon the file To five and twenty thousand men of choice; And our supplies live largely in the hope Of great Northumberland, whose bosom burns With an incensed fire of injuries.†   (source)
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