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muster up


  • WordNet 3.6
    • v muster up gather or bring together "muster the courage to do something","she rallied her intellect","Summon all your courage"
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In literature:

I walked about for half an hour before I mustered up courage to go to the house.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
In 1687 Governor Denonville, mustering a strong force at Quebec, moved quickly up the St. Lawrence upon the Senecas.
"Old Quebec" by Sir Gilbert Parker and Claude Glennon Bryan
But he never could muster up courage enough to put the question.
"Skipper Worse" by Alexander Lange Kielland
I sat some hours with the cool air playing about my burning cheeks before I mustered up courage to rise and go down below again.
"Miss Cayley's Adventures" by Grant Allen
Presently, however, Ben, Gilbert, and several others mustered up courage enough to go back and haul down the coverings put up.
"The Campaign of the Jungle" by Edward Stratemeyer
I am going to enlist myself and give up teaching altogether if I can pass muster.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
I couldn't have mustered up a heat ray strong enough to warm the end of my nose.
"The Double Spy" by Dan T. Moore
He finally mustered up his courage and entered and M. Charles greeted him warmly.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
He picked up his carpet-bag and went to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and was mustered in.
"Company K, Twentieth Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry" by Andrew Brown
Then he mustered up courage to make his request.
"Grenfell: Knight-Errant of the North" by Fullerton Waldo
I'll answer for the 'make up;' and as I have had some experience of private theatricals, rely on 't he'll pass muster.
"Confessions Of Con Cregan An Irish Gil Blas" by Charles James Lever
He ducked into his own office and sweated quietly in the dark until he had mustered up enough courage to turn on a lamp.
"The Ego Machine" by Henry Kuttner
The score creeps up to fifty, the boys begin to look blank, and the spectators, who are now mustering strong, are very silent.
"Tom Brown's School Days" by Thomas Hughes
Barbara, however, had seen more than the other girls, and, mustering up all her courage, ran to the door.
"The Automobile Girls at Chicago" by Laura Dent Crane
At last he mustered up a sufficient amount of courage to state his name and address.
"The Heart of a Woman" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
And Joshua rose up early in the morning, and mustered the people, and went up, he and the elders of Israel, before the people to Ai.
"The Bible Story" by Rev. Newton Marshall Hall
Mustering up his will, Carnes made a grab for one of them.
"Astounding Stories, August, 1931" by Various
Then, for the first time, he mustered up courage enough to look around him.
"No Moss" by Harry Castlemon
I'll muster up all the tailors in the town, and so tickle their sides.
"A Select Collection of Old English Plays" by Robert Dodsley
With the earliest dawn, the reveille was beaten in the Spanish camp, and all the forces were mustered and drawn up in the order of their march.
"Sketches of Aboriginal Life" by V. V. Vide

In poetry:

Between the two, we must confess,
They muster'd up one only dress;
And as on her no covering shone
He kindly o'er her spread his own.
"The Virtues Of Election Ale" by William Hutton
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
There was muster and roll-calls, and repairing city walls,
And filling up of fosses:
And the captains and the majors, gallant and courageous,
A-riding about on their hosses.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
A house was in the picture found--
A chariot fill'd up the back ground.
"The first I'll build when I have clear,
In land, one hundred pounds a year.
Chariot and pair I'll sport in view
The moment I can muster two."
"Thirteen Wishes" by William Hutton

In news:

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.
Can Spurs Nation muster up any interest for the rest of the playoffs.
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 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.
Growing up, I mustered little enthusiasm for an uncle's long Thanksgiving Day prayer.
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.
Sign Up Now For Firemen's Muster .
The Holbrook Volunteer Fire Department will host the Firemen's Muster and Fun and Games event on June 16, and those interested in competing can sign up until May 10.
Can January muster up some "real" snow.