(one's) true color(s)

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(one's) true color(s)

One's true or honest beliefs, thoughts, convictions, biases, desires, etc.; one's real personality, character, or disposition. 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 realized that he wouldn't get any special commission for his efforts. You will really see your friends' true colors when you call upon them in a time of crisis.
See also: true

someone's true colors

Fig. a person's true attitude, opinions, and biases. When he lost his temper at his wife, I began to see his true colors.
See also: color, true

true colors

See also: color, true

your, his, etc. true ˈcolours

(British English) (American English your, his, etc. true ˈcolors) (often disapproving) what a person is really like: Once he got into power he showed his true colours.
See also: colour, true
References in classic literature ?
My heart went there with you, but I knew that naught but sorrow and humiliation could come to one whom the Devil of Torn loved, if that love was returned; and so I waited until you might forget the words you had spoken to Roger de Conde before I came to fulfill the promise that you should know him in his true colors.
Zoran Zaev revealed his true colors, which isn't surprising, but I wonder whether those who swore in the Albanian national flag and supported Zaev to come on power, will continue to support him.
After the grandiose but hollow rhetoric of his inaugural and state of the union addresses, President Bush's budget proposal reveals his true colors.