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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THE TWO-FACED Sun newspaper have revealed their true colours again with an insulting description of First Minister Nicola Sturgeon irst Minister Nicola Sturgeon as Tartan Barmy - but not for its readers in Scotland.
DAVID Cameron's MPs have revealed their true colours by demanding huge increases in the cost of food, children's clothing, fuel bills and books.
Opposition groups in Bahrain revealed their true colours last week, more so than any other time.
WITH CLAIRE PETULENGRO It took a while, but a certain someone has revealed their true colours, both to you and those around.
To find out more 0901 6093152 ARIES (March 21/April 20): It took a while but someone has revealed their true colours to you and those around.
NUNEATON revealed their true colours in a challenging game which saw Liverpool St Helens wasting several opportunities, while Nuneaton soared in with an excellent performance throughout.
But they quickly revealed their true colours and the sympathy turned into a slaughtering as the France bound trio teased him about his non- appearance next summer at football's biggest party.
But knowing that they would not get support from other members, and that the requests would fail a majority vote, knowing that this was not a public demand and that the nation was progressing well towards a better future, they revealed their true colours.
But a heartless group of Tories have revealed their true colours by banning charities from running soup kitchens for the homeless.