To muster up

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To muster up to gather up; to succeed in obtaining; to obtain with some effort or difficulty.
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Usage

In literature:

Forrester doubled up his fist as Mars tried to rise, and came down again with all the force he could muster, squarely on his opponent's neck.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I have heard they muster at times in great force to convey their contraband goods up to London.
"The Rival Crusoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
He mustered up an indifferent air, closed his lips tight, and determined to give no further signs.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
It needed all the courage he could muster up to enable him to ring the door-bell of Von Barwig's dwelling.
"The Music Master" by Charles Klein
As soon as the boats were hoisted up, and the Josephine headed on her course again, all hands were piped to muster.
"Down the Rhine" by Oliver Optic
We reached here not long before two, and went to work to try and muster up some dinner.
"Letters from Port Royal" by Various
What I am chiefly afraid of is that they will muster up there in force, and attempt to overwhelm us with a rush.
"Turned Adrift" by Harry Collingwood
I have not till now succeeded in mustering up the courage to write to you, my poor friend, Sergei Lvovitch.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 57, No. 356, June, 1845" by Various
I do not think our Catholics in the United States could muster up sufficient courage to endure all this.
"Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, February 1886" by Various
He wondered what Muster Alick was up to at that time of evening.
"The Captain's Bunk" by M. B. Manwell
While I looked on, the second infant mustered up courage to start on the journey of life.
"A Bird-Lover in the West" by Olive Thorne Miller
She mustered all her forces to meet what was coming as she went up the broken stairs.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Mrs. Allingford was present, however, looking very white and distressed, but managing to muster up a smile to greet him as he entered.
"Her Ladyship's Elephant" by David Dwight Wells
The miserable creature had mustered strength enough to crawl up from the beach.
"The Cruise of the Betsey" by Hugh Miller
So she mustered up courage to ask him to meet at nine.
"A Bed of Roses" by W. L. George
I had made up my mind to bear this interval of two months with all the patience I could muster.
"L'Arrabiata and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
But, as he stood motionless, she mustered up courage to tell him, in a disconnected way, what had happened.
"In Paradise" by Paul Heyse
I had made up my mind to bear this interval of two months with all the patience I could muster.
"The Dead Lake and Other Tales" by Paul Heyse
Finally I mustered up courage to knock on the door.
"What You Can Do With Your Will Power" by Russell H. Conwell
There was a considerable muster upon Thayer's side, and Vinton's company marched up in order to assist, but got sadly disappointed.
"Familiar Letters of John Adams and His Wife Abigail Adams During the Revolution" by John Adams
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In poetry:

The boss last night in the hut did say —
"We start to muster at break of day;
So be up first thing, and don't be slow;
Saddle your horses and off you go."
"Mustering Song" by Anonymous Oceania
The boss last night in the hut did say—
“We start to muster at break of day;
So be up first thing, and don’t be slow;
Saddle your horses and off you go.”
"Song of the Squatter" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Finally, an Oakland political leader has mustered the courage to stand up to Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts and call him out in the press.
Finally, it seems, a group of lawmakers has mustered the courage to stand up to President Bush's fear mongering on national security.
Despite the fact that Russell Brand is set to host the 2009 Video Music Awards, we're still having trouble mustering up anything resembling genuine enthusiasm for the ceremony.
Following a divisive three-day special legislative session, both sides of the political aisle licked their wounds on Wednesday as they mustered up the strength to discuss the highlights of the 2012 session.
I was so enraged by yesterday's news that a Joss Whedon-free " Buffy the Vampire Slayer" reboot was headed to the big screen that I couldn't even muster up a post about it.
If comedy is indeed hard (compared to tragedy, anyway), then prospective stand-up artists need all the support they can muster.
They usually aren't your close friends, and you don't hear from them often, except maybe every now and then on the weekend, and the best they can muster is a "Hey, what are you up to".
I muster up the energy to raise my head and see a girl in her twenties relaxing on a rock and gazing out to sea.
I was so enraged by yesterday's news that a Joss Whedon-free "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" reboot was headed to the big screen that I couldn't even muster up a post about it.
A local college freshman mustered up the courage last week to wait in line and meet "Jimmy John" Liautaud.
Tom Hanks has been popping up on as many talk shows as he can muster to promote his latest film 'Cloud Atlas,' and he'll do just about anything to grab peoples' attention.
Olympian gymnast Shawn Johnson broke her silence on Good Morning America Tuesday about her harrowing experience with a stalker who had planned to kidnap her, and how she eventually mustered up the courage to face him in court.
Imagine the sun's delight when a frail stem musters the strength to poke its head up through the soil.
Americans have patiently awaited the day when they wouldn't need to muster up endorphins to sit on the couch.
Well, 20 years later, you wake up to find NASA isn't exactly rushing to hire someone who could barely muster a 'C' in pre-algebra, so you're stuck in your current job.
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