(one's) mask slips

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(one's) mask slips

One's true personality, agenda, or motivation has been revealed, which stands in contrast to what was presented to other people. Her masked slipped for just a moment, and everyone could see the contempt she really held for her audience.
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Jane Goldman's script, adapted from Peter Ackroyd's novel Dan Leno and The Limehouse Golem, uses cinematic trickery to keep us guessing about the murderer's identity until a deliciously satisfying reveal when someone's pantomine mask slips.
By contrast, Pierce is doing a brilliant job of pretending to be the injured party - although his mask slips when he's with Martha.
Craig's mask slips Craig Brown chats with his imaginary friend ahead of the Keith Lasley testimonial, telling him: 'Did I ever tell you about the time I led Scotland to a World Cup and the Euros?
Boris is always on show - but in the rare moments the mask slips he is a very different man.
You'd think over the years you would lose all your emotions but you don't" The mask slips just a little as Lester recalls his 'second coming' on Breeders' Cup Mile hero Royal Academy ''The nerves were gone off the Richter scale.
Simon Dutton is wonderfully buttoned up as Jack, so that when his mask slips the shock is greater.
We all like to make a good first impression, and it really does count because when the mask slips, and our true selves are revealed, then at least people have those fond memories of the first meeting to cling to.
Every now and then the mask slips and we get to see how out of touch with reality some senior Tories actually are and what they actually think of us common mortals.
The Sloane mask slips 'round the ankles like panties.
The disguise is holding up but it's only a matter of time before the mask slips.
And, as demonstrated throughout his career, Lahr's meteir is catching his subjects at the moment when the mask slips.
but then that mask slips and you can see the mentality underneath.
It is at the moments when the Tory mask slips, as it did when Halfon left a restaurant in London's Covent Garden, that we see the real face of the Conservative Party.
Emma Thompson captures the stiff upper–lipped Travers so well that when the mask slips at the film's LA premiere, you share in her emotional reaction.
Labour's Constitutional Affairs spokeswoman Patricia Ferguson said: "The mask slips and their true feelings come to the surface.