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
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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.
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.
Scholes suggested a bit of devil was what Arsenal needed to turn them from crowd-pleasers to trophy winners after six seasons without any silverware.The Gunners just flatter to deceive. They may play the prettiest football, but it doesn't always produce the results they need.
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.
Shearer apart, they flatter to deceive, and there's no reason why we can't give them plenty of think about.
Abbey Social always flatter to deceive but maybe their time has come to fulfil their ambitions although they face no easy task at Arley WMC in their pipe-opener.
Colchester and Cambridge would have come into my calculations but the former always seem to flatter to deceive and the latter have sold their best young players.
And Scot Eddie Thomson, the boss of Australia, also insists the Ajaxinspired nation flatter to deceive.
Decent in friendlies, on the big dates they flatter to deceive, pretty much like a Wonderbra.
"Certainly, they no longer flatter to deceive. Bold, balanced, bright and hungry, Andrew Strauss's side is better placed than most predecessors to issue a serious challenge," he added.
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.
Arsenal sometimes flatter to deceive. I think they may come unstuck.
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.