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be descended from (someone or something)

To be related a particular ancestor or bloodline. Is it true? Is she really descended from Benjamin Franklin?
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descend from (someone or something)

1. Literally, to move from a higher point to a lower one. The bride looked simply gorgeous as she descended from the balcony in her flowing gown.
2. To originate from a particular ancestor or source. I was shocked to learn that I descended from key figures in the American Revolution.
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descend into (something)

To move down into something. The fireman descended into the sewers to save the kitten.
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descend on (something)

1. Literally, to drop onto someone or something. No one was too pleased when rain began to descend on our picnic.
2. By extension, to converge at a particular place or thing, often in great numbers. The kids descended on the birthday cake as soon as I set it down. People have descended on our town to attend that big software conference.
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descend to (something)

1. Literally, to move from a higher point to a lower one. If our plane is descending to the runway already, we might make our connecting flight after all.
2. To condescend to do something. Now that Billy's famous, I doubt he'll descend to call his own mother.
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descend upon (something)

1. Literally, to drop onto someone or something. No one was too pleased when rain began to descend upon our picnic. Bits of debris from the explosion descended upon the town below.
2. By extension, to converge at a particular place or thing, often in great numbers. The kids descended upon the birthday cake like locusts. Thousands of people descend upon the town each year to attend the video game conference.
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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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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Perhaps descended from a Viking warlord, charmed by a Welsh serving wench blessed with a winning smile.
"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."
So, anyone descended from Henry II is also descended from both Alfred the Great and William the Conqueror.
The fruit that is envisaged in the mind is, firstly, not descended from the repository of knowledge by way of displacement (tajf) so as to create some deficiency in the origin or to give evidence to its imperfection.
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.
The results from Family Tree DNA in Houston showed that he matched some genetic markers with Genghis Khan but was not likely to be directly descended.
They said their place of refuge descended into a scene of terror as people ran amok with knives and guns, used crack cocaine and hurled racial abuse.
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.
'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.
Considering the small hole we had descended through, we should have been maintaining better lookout procedures, especially me, because I'm in the front.
A dog with only one testicle descended is called a unilateral cryptorchid and has one testicle in the scrotum and the other one in the abdomen.