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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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If he picks up a deceivable date, even though she may not know it, he will know that she is getting into someone else's car with an incompetent who can't earn money to buy his own.
(2) So does The Geneva Bible (Shakespeare's Bible), which is older than either the King James or the Douay-Rheims, say it pretty much the same way: "That ye cast off, concerning the conversation in time past, the old man, which is corrupt through the deceivable lusts....
Thus, Baltrusaitis argues that Descartes wavers between the idea that the senses are completely deceivable and therefore not reliable bases for epistemological certainty and the idea that sight is the sense that serves as the vehicle of reason and judgement.
When Francis's "smooth countenance and wordes: affected gravitie: deceivable enticements: deepe learnings and reasonings" failed to achieve his goals, he turned to "pride: Lordliness: rage: furie: violence: revilings: scoffings: upbraidings: threatnings." "None of these," announced George, "will deceive mee anymore." In "seeking to cover her pride"--by claiming that her status as a former "gentlemans Wife" allowed Thomasine to wear lavish apparel--Francis and his wife "laid open her nakedness." Fancy clothes and words, finally, could not disguise one's inner moral void: "Their vizard being removed ...