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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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When ice-cool Callum casually introduces himself as Kylie's ex and the father of Max, a red mist descends and enraged crimper Dave lashes out with his fists.
So what should you do when the red mist descends? Look out for signs that you are getting angry.
RED MIST DESCENDS Britain's Dwain Chambers storms off the track after crashing out in the heats of the men's 60m
Before the hackles rise and the red mist descends, let this Englishman unequivocally state that no one has more respect than me for Rugby Wales; for the way the game has always been played here, for the passion and knowledge of the fans and the post match celebrations - win or lose.
It doesn't take much before the red mist descends and, next thing you know, you're locked up by the coppers for 18 hours.
The red mist descends over normally mild-mannered butcher Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold, above right), who flips his lid when he comes home to find his son Josh playing with recently-returned doctor Matt Ramsden (Stephen Beckett) - the boy's biological father.
Labour's transformation from socialism to social democracy represents one of the most extraordinary political achievements of the past decade, but every so often the red mist descends and all that has changed since 1997 is forgotten.
When Gail breaks the news of Martin's innocence, a red mist descends over Katy as she attacks her uncaring dad, Tommy, with a wrench (above, right).
Find out why the red mist descends and the level of respect he holds for his fellow pros.
Wearing the arm band should also help him count to 10 on those occasional moments when the red mist descends.
It's a passionate game, the red mist descends. "Jesse felt aggrieved he hadn't got the foul just before - I felt the same - and he has over-reacted.
Sometimes the red mist descends and he loses concentration quite easily.
"On TV and film everything feels safe and properly done whereas on stage you can find yourself alone with a battleaxewielding actor when the red mist descends over his eyes."
"On TV and film everything feels safe and properly done whereas on stage you can find yourself alone with a battleaxe-wielding actor when the red mist descends over his eyes."
We've all been there - the red mist descends - but you don't want that at Old Trafford," he said.