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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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Otherwise, it is always incorrect to call someone a liar when he/she is attempting to deceive you with falsehoods, which seems wrong.
Speaking to FNA, Lieutenant Commander of Khatam ol-Anbia Air Defense Base for Electronic Warfare Colonel Moharram Qolizadeh pointed to the key role of electronic jamming systems in winning electronic warfare, and said Iran was seeking to go one more step to deceive and detour the incoming guided missiles.
An even more extreme case would be that of a narrator trying to deceive his audience now by falsely claiming that his past behavior was guided by self-delusion, and this in order to escape the heavy moral blame which would otherwise attach now to his past conduct.
Even when there is a material false statement and the intention to deceive can be proved, it does not meet the legal test for fraud unless there is a victim who relied on the false statement.
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.
In 'Deception: How Satan Deceives Us' Seagrove illustrates how the dangerous and unpredictable world of the supernatural is constantly interacting with our own temporal society, with demonic forces in the invisible realm of the spirit world constantly trying to deceive us into making bad choices or saying inappropriate things.
Previous studies on deception by children have emphasized that the capacity to deceive has been underestimated (Carison et al.
The use of slants, shifts, and shift to slant deceive the offense and make it difficult for them to block well consistently.
However, a question arises whether these reasons prove ethically sufficient to legitimately deceive the media.
Your kindness affects me so sensibly that I can merely put down a few mono-sentences Your Criticism only makes me extremely anxious that I shod not deceive you.
However, later they deceive people by selling the same in India as a defeat for pro-freedom forces, he said.
But the lengths the four men, two of whom were jailed yesterday, would go to deceive their victims is perhaps the most shocking element of the case.
They deceive people of Kashmir by camouflaging Kashmiriat and actually working for fulfillment of agenda of communal forces of India," the veteran leader said.
Washington, December 4 ( ANI ): Drawing inspiration from the deceptive behaviours of squirrels and birds, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed robots that are able to deceive each other.