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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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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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With a few notable exceptions in Given, Shearer and Speed, the rest of the bunch have flattered to deceive and the fans have lost patience with them.
But I have to say that Vassell, at times last season, flattered to deceive until he put an England shirt on.
CROSS KEYS flattered to deceive, squandering a first-half lead to a makeshift Tondu side who had the game's best player in the former Uwic fly-half Mark Jones.
McIlroy has flattered to deceive over the last few years but appears to be regaining his top form at the right time.
IT WAS a glory day for the Bankies and their beleaguered fans as they ended a nightmare campaign with a deserved victory over an Arbroath side who threatened throughout but flattered to deceive.
Feeder themselves have been subject to a fair share of next big thing acclaim, but have largely flattered to deceive. Until now that is, as everything finally looks to be falling into place.
Signed for a club-record PS8.5million fee four years ago, the Dutch striker flattered to deceive at Carrow Road and managed just two goals in 28 appearances in all competitions.
But Joleon Lescott, who joined from Everton for pounds 24m, has flattered to deceive so far and Hughes has taken note.
QUEEN'S BEST-has flattered to deceive in handicaps, but the combination of soft ground and a step up to 11 furlongs at Warwick saw Sir Michael Stoute's filly finish strongest to take second in a Listed contest.
Ian Britton's boys flattered to deceive so far this term, especially in recent weeks - they posted three fine wins at the end of October only to fail to secure a victory in any of their last four outings, three of which have finished in defeat.
Our Portuguese `wonderkid' has been given ample chance in the middle but has flattered to deceive. Our last two performances have been a far cry from the heroics against Chelsea.
A purple patch of 17 points inside five minutes for Cardiff, with Liam Roberts scoring two brilliant tries, only flattered to deceive.
But Round flattered to deceive and fell victim to wily campaigner Mike Palmerin the very next over who had him stumped by wicket keeper Spencer Platt.
Swansea flattered to deceive and they could only offer three penalties by Arwell Thomas.
Third for Britain flattered to deceive for gold medals for the coxless four, plus the women's double sculls and lightweight coxless pair put them ahead of the USA with just two golds out of a nine-medal haul five more than the British.