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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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Their chest is wide between the shoulders and deceivingly narrow from top to bottom.
Much thinking about sovereignty in our present day is done in deceivingly simple terms.
A trio of Sadier, drummer and bassist, whose names I could not hear, formed a simple line-up with a deceivingly full sound.
Although toilets and sinks can certainly present a challenge, one other part of the restroom that can be deceivingly difficult to tackle is the shower and the immediate surrounding area.
Our camp is a deceivingly stable contraption made of thin logs with a large tarp thrown over top and serves as kitchen, bedroom, and makeshift laboratory.
But it's deceivingly simple says the head chef at the Falcondale Hotel, Lampeter (thefalcondale.
Deceivingly simple in appearance, the ceramic forms are only a fragment in a series of conceptual gestures within Strand's work.
So, the editorial picks a time period which provides a deceivingly better picture.
fishing Crisp blue-brown water splashed down, cascading over the deceivingly slippery stones.
Note that because this calculation uses initial 2007 budget figures, for devices with small initial budgets, there can be a deceivingly high CAGR.
Dean Brown's vibrant, bold and deceivingly simple artwork, which uses a range of perspectives and textures, is powerful and immediately captures the reader's interest.
The structures went from deceivingly simple to layered and complex, with Davis conducting the group from time to time.
com) is deceivingly rich for such a pale cherry red.
The percussion-cap-fired, coned-shaped case looks odd, but it is deceivingly subtle.
It seems logical to assume that the supraphysiological dose of 250ug used in the standard dose test might over stimulate partially atrophied adrenals and produce a deceivingly adequate cortisol response.