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appearances can be deceiving
Appearances do not always convey accurate information. That house sure looks beautiful on the outside, but appearances can be deceiving. What did the inspector say about the foundation? Sure, she seems nice, but appearances can be deceiving.
deceive (someone) into (something)
To fool or trick someone into doing something. I can't believe he deceived thousands of people into buying a faulty product!
deceive (someone) with (something)
To use something in particular to fool or trick someone. I can't believe you deceived thousands of people with a misrepresentation of your product!
flatter to deceive
To seem better or more promising than someone or something really is. A: "I can't believe that team didn't make the playoffs after starting the season so well." B: "I guess they just flattered to deceive."
Appearances can be deceiving.
Prov. Things can look different from the way they really are. Edward seems like a very nice boy, but appearances can be deceiving. Jane may look like she doesn't understand you, but she's really extremely bright. Appearances can be deceiving.
deceive someone into something
to trick someone into doing something. She deceived me into giving her my car keys. You can't deceive me into doing what I don't want to do.
deceive someone with something
to cheat someone with something or with deceptive words. You cannot deceive me with your promises. You are just deceiving yourself with fancy talk.
flatter to deceiveencourage on insufficient grounds and cause disappointment.
1913 Field Two furlongs from home Maiden Erlegh looked most dangerous, but he flattered only to deceive.