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descend
used in In Cold Blood

5 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Definition
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
  • On moonlit evenings the boys would descend upon them, set them running, and try to outrace them in the wagon; they seldom did, for the scrawniest coyote can hit fifty miles an hour, whereas the wagon's top speed was thirty-five, but it was a wild and beautiful kind of fun, the wagon skidding across the sand, the fleeing coyotes framed against the moon-as Bob said, it sure made your heart hurry.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (51% in)
descend = attack
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  • It was ideal apple-eating weather; the whitest sunlight descended from the purest sky, and an easterly wind rustled, without ripping loose, the last of the leaves on the Chinese elms.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (11% in)
  • But with Nancy and then with Kenyon, the pattern of postnatal depression repeated itself, and following the birth of her son, the mood of misery that descended never altogether lifted; it lingered like a cloud that might rain or might not.
    1 — Last To See Them Alive (34% in)
  • Nor did Perry, descending the post-office steps with the Mexican box balanced on a shoulder, observe the prowling car and the policemen in it.
    3 — Answer (63% in)
  • But when the sun descended, when the shadows of the square's giant shade trees met and combined, the coldness as well as darkness numbed the crowd.
    3 — Answer (99% in)

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