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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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The seats [portion] of some provinces in the center and south of Iraq have been increased unjustly and deceivingly.
This sanctions as "acceptable" American performance not only the perfect, it self-effacing, reproduction of the deceivingly monolithic "standard," but also Asian and, more broadly, immigrant variations.
The baritone purr of his laugh is deceivingly husky for Shamieh's mere 19-year's of age.
Now for the deceivingly simple question: How can insurers achieve this?
92) To a lay executioner, untrained in gauging anesthetic depth, appearances would deceivingly suggest that the drug functioned properly and that the prisoner was dying peacefully.
The Leaves Are Fading can look slightly anemic in ABT's production--an updated batch of costumes wouldn't hurt--but Julie Kent and Gomes expertly negotiated the ballet's deceivingly difficult partnering while securing its wistful quality.
Scholar and Pulitzer and Booker Prize--nominated author Diane Johnson (Le Divorce [1997], Le Marriage [2000], and L'Affaire [2004]) returns with a deceivingly lighthearted novel that explores her interest in the clash of cultures.
Concealed within a deceivingly familiar image, the "uncanny" signals the reemergence of repressed fears, in particular "infantile complexes.
Vavrek demonstrates that less can indeed be more in this series of deceivingly serene works.
They piled up on the shores of the sea of Galilee, by the springs and the Jordan river, in parks that had deceivingly turned green again, in the Hula valley.
This suggests one important lesson: Cost comparisons are deceivingly complex, and great care needs to be taken when comparing the costs of privately and publicly operated prisons.
Anyone venturing on them should be aware of the dangers posed by deceivingly swift currents and cold water that can disorient and immobilize within minutes.
We call buying a bad automobile getting a lemon; it's deceivingly beautiful in the store, but sour once you bite into it.
In comparison to the heterosexual and suspect pedagogy promoted in these two films, In & Out seems so deceivingly "heart-warming" because a gay man is able to be a respected teacher of English and drama and a basketball coach and come to acknowledge his homosexuality first privately and then publicly.
He disappears behind a fold of land and when he appears again, nearly three quarters of a mile away, he still maintains that deceivingly efficient gait.