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Muster up   /mˈəstər əp/   Listen
Muster up

Gather or bring together.  Synonyms: come up, muster, rally, summon.  "She rallied her intellect" , "Summon all your courage"

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... before two, and went to work to try and muster up some dinner. I had a cup and saucer, tumbler and three knives and forks, and the rennet, which soon supplied one dish; the negroes brought china in limited quantities; we opened a box of sardines, and coffee, and, with the army bread ...
— Letters from Port Royal - Written at the Time of the Civil War (1862-1868) • Various

... last ten days we have been leading the life of the "Flying Dutchman." Never do I remember to have had such a dusting: foul winds, gales, and calms—or rather breathing spaces, which the gale took occasionally to muster up fresh energies for a blow—with a heavy head sea, that prevented our sailing even when we got aslant. On the afternoon of the day we quitted Stornaway, I got a notion how it was going to be; the sun went angrily down behind a bank of solid grey cloud, and by the ...
— Letters From High Latitudes • The Marquess of Dufferin (Lord Dufferin)

... rest of the Cuban churches, there are but a few pews. The majority of the people, who bring neither seats nor cushions with them, stand, kneel, or sit on their heels at intervals. I do not think our Catholics in the United States could muster up sufficient courage ...
— Donahoe's Magazine, Volume 15, No. 2, February 1886 • Various

... to his eyeglass, nodded to us in a jocular sort of way — which I could not help feeling it must have cost him something to muster up — and, ever polite, took off his steel-lined cap to Mrs Mackenzie and started for his position at the head of the kraal, to reach which he had to make a detour by some ...
— Allan Quatermain • by H. Rider Haggard

... Patmore in 1827 Lamb says: "I have been to a funeral, where I made a pun, to the consternation of the rest of the mourners." Again, writing to Southey: "I am going to stand godfather; I don't like the business; I cannot muster up decorum for these occasions; I shall certainly disgrace the font; I was at Hazlitt's marriage and was like to have been turned out several times during the ceremony. Anything awful makes me laugh. I ...
— The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb, Volume 2 • Charles Lamb

... thi shell, owd lad," Are words but rudely said; Though they may cheer some stricken heart, Or raise some wretched head; For they are words I love mysel, They're music to my ear; They muster up fresh energy An' chase each ...
— Revised Edition of Poems • William Wright

... thought, he went on: "But Thad, suppose I took a torch and went out there, d'ye think I'd be apt to find him lying on his back? I'd like the worst kind to get hold of him before the rest of the bunch muster up courage enough to ...
— The Boy Scouts in the Maine Woods - The New Test for the Silver Fox Patrol • Herbert Carter

... nothing for it, but to muster up the pleasantest smile he could, and to make a conciliatory bow, as Mr Haredale turned his eyes upon him. Seeing that he was recognised, he put out his hand in an awkward and embarrassed manner, which was not ...
— Barnaby Rudge • Charles Dickens

... ancient heresy restudied, and off to Rome goes a Newman or a Manning, whilst a Baptist Noel finds his less romantic refuge in Protestant Dissent. Schism is for ever in the air. Disruption a lively possibility. It has always been a ticklish business belonging to the Church of England, unless you can muster up enough courage to be a frank Erastian, and on the rare occasions when you attend your parish church handle the Book of Common Prayer with all the reverence due to a schedule to an Act ...
— In the Name of the Bodleian and Other Essays • Augustine Birrell

... wondered if his red-cheeked little sister could live in one of those vast, impregnable buildings. He thought of stopping some of those serious-looking men and asking them if they knew her; but he could not muster up the courage. The distressing experience that comes to almost every one some time in life, of losing all identity in the universal humanity, was becoming his. The tears began to roll down his wasted ...
— A Mountain Woman and Others • (AKA Elia Wilkinson) Elia W. Peattie

... the laugh by precipitately backing away from her in a couple of agitated steps. 'Yes, and if ever I muster up courage to come back, it will be to vote for better manners in public life, not ...
— The Convert • Elizabeth Robins

Words linked to "Muster up" :   pull together, muster, come up, rally, garner, collect, gather

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