One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Appear promising but ultimately disappoint.
- ‘Although they currently occupy a respectable seventh place in the Celtic League it flatters to deceive.’
- ‘He flatters to deceive, though, and it's too late for him to change now.’
- ‘They flatter to deceive, luring innocents with sympathetic words and false promises.’
- ‘Having flattered to deceive in their goalless league opener against Clyde, Coyle knew the importance of this win.’
- ‘If ever an opening passage flattered to deceive, it was Leicester's first five minutes.’
- ‘But in truth, the domestic heavyweight division has often flattered to deceive.’
- ‘Instead, the opening exchanges flattered to deceive.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘In their first season they flattered to deceive but in their second the regime started to bear fruit.’
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