Meaning of flatter to deceive in English:

flatter to deceive


  • Appear promising but ultimately disappoint.

    ‘They flatter to deceive, luring innocents with sympathetic words and false promises.’
    • ‘He flatters to deceive, though, and it's too late for him to change now.’
    • ‘Although they currently occupy a respectable seventh place in the Celtic League it flatters to deceive.’
    • ‘Instead, the opening exchanges flattered to deceive.’
    • ‘Having flattered to deceive in their goalless league opener against Clyde, Coyle knew the importance of this win.’
    • ‘But in truth, the domestic heavyweight division has often flattered to deceive.’
    • ‘If ever an opening passage flattered to deceive, it was Leicester's first five minutes.’
    • ‘In their first season they flattered to deceive but in their second the regime started to bear fruit.’
    • ‘It may have rear doors but they flatter to deceive: open one and it'll afford a view of one of the most miserably proportioned rear cabins in the class.’
    • ‘Such isolated examples of women rising to the top can flatter to deceive, however.’