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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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The world record for a two wheel mountain bike is 15,000 metres descended in 24 hours, but we have set our goal as 10,000 metres.
It was the rising of Glyndwr that created the peculiar schizophrenic people we, the Welsh, are today and we should be proud to be descended from the bare foot rascals who followed Owain's dream.
We think the evidence is finally showing that these animals which are usually considered dinosaurs were actually descended from birds, not the other way around," he added.
So, anyone descended from Henry II is also descended from both Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror.
When Professor Robinson was invited to Mongolia to take part in a documentary another DNA test showed he was not likely to be directly descended from the Mongol royal house.
A UNITED States accountancy professor, said to be the first man outside Asia identified as being directly descended from Genghis Khan, says he does not believe the warlord is his ancestor after all.
The third particularity of the descent of things from the jabart to the malakut, and from the malakut to the mulk, is that the limitations of the descended thing do not necessitate any limitation in the origin of descent.
Question 94, "What do we mean when we say in the Apostles' Creed that Christ descended into hell?
New Orleans descended into anarchy as corpses lay abandoned in the streets, fights broke out, police officers turned in their badges and the governor declared war on looters.
So, the field increased dramatically as the STM tip descended, the researchers explain.
The San Francisco Chronicle published a shallow book review that quickly descended into standard cliches about how terrible it is for universities to have to market themselves.
A giant, crescent-shaped moon, looking something like a pale banana, descended.
The Real Eve: Modern Man's Journey Out of Africa' claims that the Celts (Scots, Welsh, Irish and Cornish) are descended from an ancient people who lived on Britain's Atlantic coast when it was still attached to Europe, while the English were descended from a Germanic people who lived in the interior of the continent.
New President Carlos Mesa, a respected historian descended from European elites, has an almost impossible job of simultaneously satisfying indigenous leaders and foreign investors.