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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.
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deceive (someone) into (something)

To fool or trick someone into doing something. I can't believe you deceived thousands of people into buying a faulty product!
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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!
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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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flatter to deceive

encourage on insufficient grounds and cause disappointment.
1913 Field Two furlongs from home Maiden Erlegh looked most dangerous, but he flattered only to deceive.
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References in classic literature ?
Not to deceive you' was a method of speech with Mrs Plornish.
Not to deceive you, sir, I notice it,' said Mrs Plornish, 'and I take it kind of you.
ySTANBUL (CyHAN)- A woman who deceives people by pretending as an epilepsy patient was caught on camera by Cihan news agency.
If the tiger deceives its prey with its striped coat, then this is passive deception, since it did not choose its coat.
Sharma plays one of three ladies the charming Singh deceives -- or believes he is deceiving -- in Maneesh Sharma's Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.
A MIND OF ITS OWN: HOW YOUR BRAIN DISTORTS AND DECEIVES explores the mind's deceptions, methods, defenses and processes--and provides a special focus on how the brain tends towards self-delusion.
The Musharraf regime has deceived the United States and the world about its willingness to engage in rapprochement with New Delhi, just as it deceives Washington about how aggressively it is stamping out the Islamic extremists, Haqqani writes.
He lies, distorts and deceives, but he can't avoid the reality that his illegal actions have made Britain more of a terrorist target.
said: 'MFI's pricing policy deceives its customers into thinking they're getting a better deal than they are.
Exactly how Swanilda deceives the old man in the next act was an expert mixture of comic timing, hyper-curiosity, and conniving wit.
LOGIC MADE EASY: How to Know When Language Deceives You DEBORAH J.
However, the court ruled that when a company knowingly deceives the donor about this information, as occurred in this case, the First Amendment does allow for a fraud claim.
Palpatine deceives many good politicians (such as Queen Amidala and Jar-Jar Binks) into supporting him, as many of our good politicians are being deceived.
Satan tempts and deceives all of us, according to a new book by John Kendall Seagrove.