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there’s more than meets the eye
Someone or something has more merit, import, or facets than is initially perceived. Let’s keep digging deeper with this story. I have a feeling that there’s more than meets the eye. Don’t discount Fred as a candidate for this job—there’s more than meets the eye with him.
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more (to something) than meets the eye
Fig. [there are] hidden values or facts regarding something. There is more to that problem than meets the eye. What makes you think that there is more than meets the eye?
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
more than meets the eye
A hidden significance, greater than is first apparent, as in This agreement involves more than meets the eye. [Mid-1800s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.