there's more to something/someone than meets the eye

there is more to (someone or something) than meets the eye

Something or someone has more merit, import, or facets than is initially perceived. Don't discount Fred as a candidate for this job—there's more to him than meets the eye. This story goes deeper—there's definitely more to it than meets the eye.
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there's more to something/someone than meets the eye

COMMON If you say that there is more to something or someone than meets the eye, you mean that they are more complicated or interesting than they appear. I'm not sure I believe Molly's version of events — something tells me there's more to this than meets the eye. There is more to this giggly style of television presenting than meets the eye. On the surface, she seemed shy — mousy even, but there was a great deal more to her than met the eye.
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