More than meets the eye

Another useful little phrase: “more than meets the eye.” You use this to imply that there is more to a story than is obvious and easy to see, something hidden, secret, complicated or unexpected.

He is a geek but there is more than meets the eyes, pic: g4tv.com

The opposite version “less than meet the eyes” is also used.  Analogue to the positive version this expression means that something is not as interesting or appealing as it appeared on first sight.

The phrase can be used with people or situations as in these examples:

There is more to this issue than meets the eye. We should investigate it thoroughly before making a decision.

“Jack seems like such a quite and boring guy but there is more to him than meets the eye.  Did you know that he runs marathons and even participates in triathlons?”

On the negative side these are some examples:

Unfortunately, with her boyfriend, there is less than meets the eye.

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