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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 he 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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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."
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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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The bench told FIA Director Legal Azam Khan that his department was deceiving the court by insisting that corruption in the canteen caused the downfall of steel mills.
The satellite images and their tapes made an extremely strong case that there was a material breach in the sense that the Iraqis were actively deceiving the inspectors,'' he said.
Law enforcement officials contemplating intentionally deceiving the media should ask similar questions - if the official would be willing to publicly explain why the deception was used, and if they are willing to accept any consequences of the public disclosure.
The raiding team also recovered dozens of mobile phone SIMs and other tools and material from the possession of the accused which they were using for deceiving people on the name of BISP.
BEIRUT: A man was arrested Thursday for deceiving people into believing he can turn black paper into $100 bills.
Those who believe that "spending binges" will herald a return to some promised land of wealth and happiness are surely deceiving themselves - and entering a red light zone that really does spell danger.
Not only are you cheating on him, you're also deceiving him about your feelings.
Once again he is deceiving parliament and the British people.
More than 25% of staff and management are deceiving themselves when it comes to self analysis of their skills and attitudes.
The BFAs for the M16 and M4 may look alike, but looks are deceiving.
Melksham opened their account in the 69th minute with a fiercely struck shot from Andy Sandell deceiving Lido's on-loan goalkeeper David Martin.
Palace found she could change that equation by deceiving subjects into thinking their physiological responses were high.
That is, they all require the company to have lied for the purpose of deceiving the Government into paying for, and accepting delivery of, substandard parts.
Both presidents and their doctors seem to have a gift for deceiving either themselves-as FDR and Dr.
Group, which purports to be a charity and which is seeking trademarks, has no ties to legendary singer and is deceiving public, lawsuit says