reveal (one's) (true) colors

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reveal (one's) (true) colors

To reveal what one really believes, thinks, or wants; to act in accordance with one's real personality, character, or disposition. Primarily heard in US. Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he revealed his true colors once he realized that he wouldn't get any special commission for his efforts. It's only in times of crisis that your friends will really reveal their colors.
See also: color, reveal
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Someone recently approached me to share their disappointment with one of those prominent celebrities who was very vocal and active during the elections but has now revealed her true colors as an influence peddler claiming to have access and influence on cabinet members etc.
Jane Fonda revealed her true colors when she falsely accused the Christian Coalition of not ``caring about children unless they are white, middle-class Christians.