flatter to deceive

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

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.
See also: deceive, flatter
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Year after year they flatter to deceive and that's about the only flattering thing you can say about them.
It is beginning to look bleak for boss Roy Keane and more often than not the Tractor Boys flatter to deceive.
Big-spending NEATH continue to flatter to deceive as they could only draw 1-1 at PRESTATYN.
Kangaroos Test centre Matt King and influential Welsh half-back Lee Briers, they continue to flatter to deceive.
ONCE again it looks like the Blues will flatter to deceive.
Middlesbrough sit fourth, four places above Liverpool, who continue to flatter to deceive under Rafael Benitez.
Shearer apart, they flatter to deceive, and there's no reason why we can't give them plenty of think about.
Decent in friendlies, on the big dates they flatter to deceive, pretty much like a Wonderbra.
FILIPPO VOLANDRI used to be a serious force on clay but the old stager tends to flatter to deceive in top-level events these days and can be taken on with Marcel Granollers in round two of the BCR Open Romania.
Undoubtedly they will be alongside quality and will be up for it on the big stage,but they can often flatter to deceive at club level.
And Scot Eddie Thomson, the boss of Australia, also insists the Ajaxinspired nation flatter to deceive.
Heavily backed ante-post for promotion from the Championship, but invariably flatter to deceive and usually fail to even make the play-offs?
Everything we heard about Corofin from the early stages of the Galway Championship suggested they were a team to watch this year and they certainly didn't flatter to deceive.
The twin factors of rising emigration and declining participation flatter to deceive.