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appearances can be deceiving

proverb 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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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- Deceived the DFSA about its compliance with various rules, including capital adequacy requirements.
Narrating her ordeal, Aderinto, who lives in Oleyo area of Ibadan, said: 'all along during our courtship, Emmanuel deceived me into believing that he was a Muslim.
The National Military Police report said the couple were also involved in other fraud cases, having deceived at least 30 people into paying them hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past eight months.
'I was a humble farmer before I was deceived to join Boko Haram.
He has deceived the referee and I don't know whether he will get a ban.
The full FA rule states: "Where there is clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation, and as a direct result, the offending player's team has been awarded a penalty and/or an opposing player has been dismissed, the FA will be able to act retrospectively under its Fast Track system.'' The FA added: "The fact that the act of simulation has succeeded in deceiving a match official and, therefore, led to a penalty and/or dismissal, justifies a more severe penalty which would act as a deterrent."
He said of the Brexiters: "They persuaded a deceived population to vote to be weaker and poorer.
"Those who turned Khyber Pakhtunkhwa into ruins also deceived the nation," he said.
During the meeting, different matters of mutual interest including political issues and progress on development projects came under discussion.Speaking at the occasion, Chief Minister Shehbaz, who is also the PML-N president, said that the people of KP had been deceived in the name of change and revolution.
He said the victims were local residents from various backgrounds including housewives who were deceived into transferring their money into the syndicate's accounts in neighbouring countries.
The list includes not only travel agencies, but also hotels and other companies that deceived tourists, he said.
In my view, Everton's Niasse has dived to earn his team a penalty and Mr Taylor was successfully deceived. I accept there was contact made by Palace's Dann.
If they are unanimous in believing a player deceived a match official, the sanction will be a two-match ban.
Summary: Suspect deceived number of men and women with the help of his mother