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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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5 : to come down from a source or ancestor : derive <Many words descend from Latin.
In descents by tajafi, the thing that descends exists prior to the actual descent.
To achieve this, a series of parachutes will help the probe to stabilize, and then descend slowly through the atmosphere.
As Huygens descends to an altitude of 700 meters, DISR will switch on a 20-watt lamp that will illuminate the surface, enabling the spectrometer to analyze the reflected light.
A stairway descends to a central, open-air courtyard - popular in the ancient Middle East.
Turn left to descend to the river bank and turn left beneath the road bridge to follow the river on the right to a small gate next to the remains of a railway bridge.
A movement that begins with a demiplie followed by a slight spring to full pointe and ends with a spring to descend into demi-plie.
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.
Below Sunrise Point, the Queens Garden Trail descends at a much more gradual rate, easing the strain on joints and muscles.
An intriguing aspect of the pilgrim trail is the human way it descends into the low valleys as well as climbing the high hills.
Within the same plane, a second flight descends to the basement.
Though the Tsangpo River starts at 7,000 feet above sea level, it rapidly descends and cuts through the Tibetan plateau by way of the only gap in the Himalayas open to the heavy weather of the Indian plains and wetlands below.
Well before the craft descends to 290 kilometers, ground controllers will take steps to ensure that debris from the observatory strikes unin-habited parts of Earth, LaVigna says.
A normal airliner descends about 1,500 feet per minute; this would have been about five times faster.