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the red mist descends

To fall into a state of extreme anger, excitement, or competitive arousal, such as might cloud one's judgment or senses. Primarily heard in UK. Their striker isn't the most consistent player on the pitch, but once the red mist descends, you had better get out of his way. I'm not sure what happened. I was at the pub having a pint, and then someone insulted me, and I guess the red mist must have descended, because, the next thing I knew, I was being dragged away with bloodied knuckles.
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descend from someone

or some group [for a living creature] to come from a particular set of ancestors. I descend from a large family of Dutch traders. Wally is descended from Daniel Boone.
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descend from something

to move down from something. The bird descended from the top of the tree to a lower branch. Take care when you descend from the ladder.
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descend into something

to go down into something. The butler descended into the cellar for another bottle of wine. Fred descended into the canyon on an organized tour.
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descend to something

 
1. . Lit. to go down to something. I must descend to the lower level to greet the guests. Gerald descended to the front door to see who was there.
2. Fig. to condescend to do something; to stoop to doing something; to lower oneself to do something bad. I refuse to descend to the performance of such menial duties. I will not descend to a life of crime.
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descend (up)on someone or something

 
1. . Lit. [for something] to come down or fall upon someone or something. Flakes of fluffy snow descended upon the gentle slopes.
2. . Fig. [for people] to arrive or come to someone or something in great numbers. The petitioners descended upon the mayor's office in droves.
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be descended from

To be related to (an ancestor) by genetic descent from an individual or individuals in a previous generation: She claims to be descended from European royalty.
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In the descent to nature, the origin cannot be put alongside the things that descend from it and be counted as though it were one of them.
The track becomes a footpath and you will descend to go over a footbridge before reaching a farm on the edge of Hidcote Boyce.
As a team, discuss ways to improve the chute so that it descends slower, or stays upright.
I passed the descend signal to my wingman, and my IP made the appropriate calls.
At the hill top bear left and then descend right by trees, passing to the right of Southfields Farm and its pond on to its entrance driveway.
Go slightly left to higher ground then continue to descend into the valley on the left to a stile in the wall.
Descend the bank and turn right beneath the bridge and curve to the right with the river to follow the handrails up the bank and go ahead parallel with the road.
A controller mixed up the flight names and instructed Flight 907 to descend, but immediately after the order was given the plane's TCAS instructed the pilot to ascend to avoid a collision with approaching Flight 958.
Perhaps the police ought to allow "boy racers" to descend upon the Assembly and the County Hall at Atlantic Wharf.
Hence the need for an intermediate landing at the top of the box to which escalators descend from the level of the upper lines.
The three sets descend in target reps (10-8-6) and usually in weight as well.
Cholodenko not only escaped the Hollywood guilds for the promised land of New York City but managed to descend into the mysterious subculture of lesbian heroin chic and return to tell us the tale.
As you descend from the platform of the Geffen's reception area, you see a dimly lit proscenium that fills the museum's cavernous main gallery.
For every pilgrim who finds an out-of-the-way monastery at nightfall, 10,000 searchers descend on Disney World, which, writes Hawley, "faithfully mimics themes associated for millennia with pilgrimage in the world's major religious communities.
The on-board collisionwarning systems, both of which were working properly, told the Tu-154 to climb and the DHL Boeing 757-200 to descend.