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descend on/upon sb/sth

verb uk phrasal verb with descend   /dɪˈsend/ us  
If a group of people descend on a place or person, they arrive, usually without warning or without being invited: Sorry to descend on you like this, but we didn't have a phone to call you. The police descended on the house in the early hours of the morning.
Translations of “descend on/upon sb/sth”
in Chinese (Traditional) 突然造訪,突然到達…
in Chinese (Simplified) 突然造访,突然到达…
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