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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.
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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.
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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.
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References in classic literature ?
Dear young lady," he said, bowing low, "I come to you very humbly, for I am afraid that I am a deceiver.
I am an adulterer, a murderer, a blasphemer, and a deceiver.
For I do indeed believe that to be an involuntary homicide is a less crime than to be a deceiver about beauty or goodness or justice in the matter of laws.
Where this power, or whatever else it may be, descends upon the shoulders of a man whose ways are not straight, he becomes a nuisance to the neighbourhood--a receiver of stolen goods, giver of love-potions, and deceiver of silly women--the avowed enemy of law and order, of justices of the peace, head-boroughs, and gamekeepers,--such a man, in fact, as was recently caught tripping, and deservedly dealt with by the Leeds justices, for seducing a girl who had come to him to get back a faithless lover, and has been convicted of bigamy since then.
She could not answer it, so she parried it by saying, "Well, if you are not a deceiver, at least you are very romantic"; and Captain William let this observation pass without challenge.
I'm afraid you are cruel, cruel deceivers,"--and Dobbin certainly thought he felt a pressure of the hand which Miss Osborne had extended to him.
that as we had observed, as above, how the men made no scruple to set themselves out as persons meriting a woman of fortune, when they had really no fortune of their own, it was but just to deal with them in their own way and, if it was possible, to deceive the deceiver.
Go, deceiver, go, some day, Sir, p'r'aps you'll waken, from pleasure's dream to know, the grief of orphans forsaken.
That is fortunate," he continued, "because--good evening, Miss Ward; I have done nothing but admire your skating for the last hour--because men were deceivers ever; and I am no exception, as you will presently admit.
I condoled with Tiare, and remarked feelingly that men were deceivers ever, then asked her to go on with her story of Strickland.
This is my first manly prudence, that I allow myself to be deceived, so as not to be on my guard against deceivers.
PEOPLE in north Warwickshire are being given the chance to learn how to tell the difference between a King Alfred's Cake and an Amethyst Deceiver.
Grigg has exposed him for the dangerous deceiver that he is, and for that Mr.
Being a Christian has never been a popularity contest and the enemy is Satan, the great deceiver.
This marks the Chancellor as either a fantasist or a clumsy deceiver with the moral rectitude of a tapeworm.