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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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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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While the ascending and descending triangles have a built-in bias, the symmetrical triangle is inherently neutral.
The path of the ascending and descending moon is similar to the progress of the sun during the year.
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Depth: Taxonomies should include no more than seven descending levels.
The motion of the person descending actually generates the dynamic resistance, so the faster the person descends, the greater the resistance, resulting in a safe, constant speed of descent.
As the aircraft was descending, its on board computer warned eight seconds before impact to increase climb.
A motive consisting of a descending seventh followed by a descending sixth appearing in the first piece, The Stubborn Donkey, reappears in all four of the etudes.
Sinai, but he seems continually to be descending and ascending (5:1, 8:1, 15:29, 17:1, 17:9).
The terminology sometimes used in hysteresis-loss measurements is: the first field sweep up is called the "initial branch," the field sweep down is the "descending branch," and the subsequent field sweep up is the "ascending branch." In loss measurements, the worst case is a higher value, in contrast to [I.sub.c] measurements where the lowest value is the worst case.
Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy was performed on August 15, 1997, with examination to the descending duodenum.
With no obvious ascending or descending order at work, one at first assumes randomness, but then it becomes clear the four images are made with only four pears.
Current system - (1) Local Status 1; (2) Local Status 2a; (3) Local Status 2b; (4) Local Status 3; (5) Regional Status 1; (6) Regional Status 2a; (7) Regional Status 2b; (8) Regional Status 3; (9) Nationally in descending order of medical status.
Patrons of an urban shopping mall in a small southern city were observed ascending or descending a height of approximately five feet leading to or away from a large department store serving as one of the mall's anchor stores.