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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."
See also: deceive, flatter, to
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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.
See also: deceive

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.
See also: deceive
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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Additionally, where traditional FFOs used a disguise to approach the enemy, in cyberspace the interaction between the deceiver and the deceived is reversed.
"The 'deceiver' knocks on the vehicle's window, while the 'thief' opens the vehicle's door and snatches the money after the victim steps out of the car.
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An engaging book, The Deceiver is marked by clear language, logical argument and profitable advice.
The famous Israeli deceiver believes that if he bribes the Palestinians living under occupation with some projects and funds bringing relief to their daily life, they will stop demanding a state of their own C*In this sense, Netanyahu weighs the Palestinians on the balance of his well-known financial, moral, and human corruption, and believes he can bribe them.
Put Fidel Castro at the top of the list: "Apparently a natural deceiver, he has improved with practice," John Silber once wrote of him.
Being a Christian has never been a popularity contest and the enemy is Satan, the great deceiver. You do not appease the devil and demons--you fight against them.
It's hard to believe it when the messenger is a deceiver."
tie is referred to as a liar and a deceiver who denies Christ and all of his works.
By using Deception as one of his narrative focuses towards what, ultimately, is a fruitless goal, he exposes the cracks in his theory and allows Hitchcock to continue to thrive as Hollywood's greatest deceiver.
The dark deceiver has left his roots, and that's sad for a man of his age.
p THE COLLAR PULL Increased blood pressure from the deceit causes sweat to form on the neck when the deceiver feels that you suspect he's not telling the truth.
But scientists have discovered certain brain activity may give away a deceiver.
For example, the AICPA Handbook of Fraud and Commercial Crime Prevention describes fraud as "criminal deception intended to financially benefit the deceiver." In that definition it needs only to be intended to benefit the deceiver or, as some call them, the fraudster.