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(one's) true colours

One's true or honest beliefs, thoughts, convictions, biases, desires, etc.; one's real personality, character, or disposition. Primarily heard in UK. Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he showed his true colours once he realised that he wouldn't get any special commission for his efforts. You will really see your friends' true colours when you call upon them in a time of crisis.
See also: colour, true
References in classic literature ?
What Emma Haredale and Dolly would have done, or how long Miss Miggs, now that she had hoisted her true colours, would have gone on waving them before their astonished senses, it is impossible to tell.
In our profession we know something of human nature, and take my word for it, that the feller that came back to work out that shilling, will show himself one of these days in his true colours.
Then the great hour struck,[*] and every man showed himself in his true colours.
Littimer, rubbing his hands uneasily, 'which anybody might have supposed would have been, at all events, appreciated as a kind intention, then the young woman came out in her true colours.
Non-profit community interest company True Colours Theatre was born and has gone from strength to strength - running classes in the community at gatherings such as Brownies meetings, after-school clubs and children's charities, and hosting sessions at its base in Newcastle's Commercial Union House, Pilgrim Street.
True Colours, at the Blundell Street venue on November 8-9, tells the story of Albert, a proud Yorkshireman who believes that his community is changing and not for the better - in particular the increasing Asian population.
One chance to show your true colours Show your true colours and join The Football League's Arch to Arc bike ride in support of Help The Hospices, linking two of Europe's must iconic landmarks.
SIR - What exactly does Wayne David MP mean, when he says that Plaid Cymru are coming out in their true colours over the proposed defence academy at St Athan?
THE racing charity Heros (Homing Ex-Racehorses Organisation Scheme) has launched its True Colours Appeal, with all funds raised going towards providing ex-racehorses with the retraining and rehoming required for life after racing.
opportunities The True Colours gospel group, with co-ordinator Natalie Pinnock-Hamilton (below)
For instance, in True Colours, 2002, shown in the "Dreams and Conflicts" section of the 2003 Venice Biennale, soldiers line up on the edge of a cliff, so typical of the Swedish archipelago, and endlessly repeat their actions: standing up, pointing their guns at an invisible enemy somewhere far beyond the horizon, lowering their guns again.
Cardiff City fans can show their true colours at tomorrow's last home league game of the season by snapping up one of our fantastic celebration hats.
YOUNG performers will be showing their true colours on stage this week - some of them treading the boards for the first time.
The 2ft 8in actor was happy to reveal his true colours, posing with an LFC scarf, when he visited Cube nightclub in Liverpool for a packed-out personal appearance.
singing group Members of the Huddersfield-based True Colours, which meets at the Hudawi Centre in Great Northern Street, Hillhouse Pictures by Paul Welch(4688-4-06) let's sing Four of the True Colours choir enjoying themselves during rehearsal legend Jamaican-born reggae icon Bob Marley