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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 you 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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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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References in classic literature ?
Shall I ask you whether God is a magician, and of a nature to appear insidiously now in one shape, and now in another--sometimes himself changing and passing into many forms, sometimes deceiving us with the semblance of such transformations; or is he one and the same immutably fixed in his own proper image?
He saw where his boat leaked, but he did not look for the leak, perhaps purposely deceiving himself.
Mrs Lammle, we have both been deceiving, and we have both been deceived.
CORRUPT Greek governments have deceived one and all Bringing about this tragic downfall Deceiving the euro and their own nation The government brought on this panic station The banks have no money and the public no pride The Greek revival will be a long hard ride Facing austerity for many more years Poor Greek folk tell you as they fight back the tears Pocket money for the kids does not now exist And is a long way down the survival list The Greek government have let the nation down They should be tarred and feathered and run out of town Sooner or later we hope all is resolved And with less austerity being involved.
If you are following developments in Turkey, you can easily guess that on the deceiving side he was referring to the so-called "parallel state," namely the GE-len movement and its involvement in state structures.
Syed Ali Gilani, who continues to remain under house arrest in Srinagar, in a statement termed the `seeking votes for change, honour and development as deceiving people of Jammu and Kashmir once again.
Al Rustaq: The Primary Court in Al Rustaq prosecuted five defendants accused of violating consumer protection laws and deceiving their customers.
Negotiation is an American tactic for deceiving the public opinion and if it is otherwise the Americans should prove it," the Leader stated.
The deceiving robot lured the "predator" robot to the false locations, delaying the discovery of the protected resources.
Without such an admission, the tobacco companies could turn the court's requirement that they tell the truth into an opportunity to appear trustworthy, enabling them to continue deceiving the public.
Sayyed also accused the three MPs of deceiving the judiciary by submitting false information.
That said, new technology does not always lead to more deceiving and lying.
Matt said: "It was deceiving because the snake was very well fed; with a thinner snake we might have noticed.
Al Awadi highlighted the need for greater awareness when it comes to deceiving calls or text messages, urging those targeted to report suspicions to help catch those responsible.
The deceiving machine felled the wrong marker a few times.