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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30pm) WE ALWAYS knew something wasn't quite right with Jenny and at last she has revealed her true colours.
She has not made you look bad; she has revealed her true colours and will regret it in time.
Megastar Britney Spears revealed her true colours as a fan of turkey meat during a recent trip to London.
SO, Australian singer Holly Valance has revealed her true colours.