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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 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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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 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 ideal time to water is when the moon is descending, in April this would be from the 11th to the 22nd.
c] for the descending branch for ac loss or stability calculations.
Fewer people using the ramp chose it for ascending to the store (59%) than for descending to the lower level concourse of the mall (72%).
The leading clinker-producing states in November were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama.
Pegasus Descending is full of surprises, passion, tragedy and fascinating characters, including, as usual in the series, Dave's old NOPD partner, Clete Purcel, and Helen Soileau, now the Sheriff.
Do not go on to the road but bear left to go over a stile on to a footpath soon descending towards Ilmington.
And you must also know that the heat of the sun does not come to us by descending down from the sun for the following reasons: firstly, heat does not move by itself; secondly, there is no hot body that descends from above and heats what is down below, neither does heat come down from the sun by accidents; third, the sun is not even hot because heat that is being created here is not descending from above for the three reasons already mentioned.
With its ``Orpheus Descending,'' Venice's Pacific Resident Theatre Ensemble gets it right - long, sweaty and misery-laden, certainly, but right just the same.
Carefully descending to about 70 feet, the pilot flew a standard rate turn, just above stall speed, until he could distinguish the LSO's lighted suit and paddles, usually not before the last 45 degrees of turn.
Shortly afterwards, the cargo plane, which was also descending, was told by its on-board computer to 'increase descent'.
THE pilots of two planes that collided at 35,000 feet last week, killing all 71 on board, indicated to air traffic control seconds before the crash that both were descending in desperate attempts to avoid each other, German investigators said.
Following the controller's order, the pilot of the jumbo continued descending before the two planes passed each other.
A FORMER scoutmaster has told of his "panic and shock" after learning that a member of his troop had disappeared while they were descending one of Britain's highest mountains during a walking expedition.
On entering you are confronted by the corrugated stone underside of the ascending flight, the inverse of the other flight descending in front of you.