• 'Pass muster' generally is used to mean 'pass inspection' Muster has a few definitions: -a gathering of military personnel for duty; "he was thrown in the brig for missing muster" -an early colonial census where inhabitants were called out to appear to be counted -gather or bring together; "muster the courage to do something" Usually, people say something didn't 'pass muster' when they mean that it didn't meet the requirements, or didn't pass inspection, or it wasn't up to expectations.
  • It's actually Pass Muster and it's origin is in the military. It means to pass inspection. Muster is the Naval equivalent of forming rank and file for an address by NCO's or Officers.
  • It is a phrase of naval origin. No one knows exactly who said it first. Later the phrase was mangled. Versions like "cut the mustard" were being used.

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