more than meets the eye


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more (to something) than meets the eye

Fig. [there are] hidden values or facts regarding something. There is more to that problem than meets the eye. What makes you think that there is more than meets the eye?
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more (to somebody/something) than meets the eye

more interesting or complicated than someone or something appears at first There is more to her death than meets the eye - she was probably murdered. There must be more to him than meets the eye, or else why would she be interested in him?
Usage notes: also used in the form less than meets the eye (not as interesting or complicated as it appears): Unfortunately, with her boyfriend, there is less than meets the eye.
See also: eye, meet, more

more than meets the eye

A hidden significance, greater than is first apparent, as in This agreement involves more than meets the eye. [Mid-1800s]
See also: eye, meet, more
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