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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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The suspect admitted that he deceived people with the help of his mother.
They say that the PKK deceived them [during the settlement process].
If I lay a trap for you in a forest, and you are deceived by it, it is not because you trusted anyone.
Parents should not be deceived by the people who want to train children for terrorist activities.
Eleven years ago, the civil war between Albanians and Macedonians began in Tanusevci and even after that much time, the two organizations of NLA veterans feel deceived.
In 20 trials, one robot successfully deceived the other 15 times.
As before, when this trend was registered, the Interior Ministry is going to take preventive measures, and is also going to sanction the agencies having deceived people with fake promises of asylum.
Book of the Month for March: Sarah Dale reports: THE Evening Gazette Book Club Book of the Month for March is DECEIVED by Peter Taylor (Hale, pounds 18.
These deceived and second-hand elements have to be dealt with Islamic mercy.
Andrew M Cuomo, the attorney general of New York, has claimed that Merrill Lynch had deceived Congress over its bonus issuance claims.
1 : to cause to believe what is not true : mislead <His lies deceived me.
It all looked too easy for County as Craig Hughes fired them into a sixth- minute lead, but Dorchester responded with a well-worked free-kick after 23 minutes when Charlie Henry deceived Glyn Thompson.
The beautiful but hapless Charlene, deceived into a life of prostitution by the man she loved, is falsely accused of stealing from a ruthless crime lord.
Many of your Jewish readers such as myself who have read their history books are not so easily deceived.
If we can understand those reasons, we can guard ourselves better against being deceived.