looks can be deceiving/deceptive

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of looks can be deceiving/deceptive

used to say that something can be very different from how it seems or appears to be
  • The restaurant doesn't look very appealing, but looks can be deceiving/deceptive.

Word by Word Definitions

look play looks
  1. : to make sure or take care (that something is done)

  2. : to ascertain by the use of one's eyes

  3. : to exercise the power of vision upon : examine

  1. : the act of looking

  2. : glance

  3. : the expression of the countenance

can play
  1. : know, understand

  2. : to be able to do, make, or accomplish

  3. : to have knowledge or skill

  1. : a usually cylindrical receptacle:

  2. : a vessel for holding liquids

  3. : a usually metal typically cylindrical receptacle usually with an open top, often with a removable cover, and sometimes with a spout or side handles (as for holding liquid or trash)

  1. : to put in a can : preserve by sealing in airtight cans or jars

  2. : to hit (a golf shot) into the cup

  3. : to hit (a shot) in basketball

deceive play deceiving
  1. : ensnare

  2. : to be false to

  3. : to fail to fulfill

deceptive play
  1. : tending or having power to cause someone to accept as true or valid what is false or invalid : tending or having power to deceive


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