flatter to deceive

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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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SOUTHERNDOWN has spent his career flattering to deceive, and, as he's been around for ages, you would think punters would be wise to his slow way of doing things.
More importantly, it would take the Braidmen to the verge of the AIB League semi-finals for the first time, after flattering to deceive in the past two years.