(one's) true colours

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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 ?
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.
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.