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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

reveal (one's) (true) stripes

To reveal what one really believes, thinks, or wants; to act in accordance with one's real personality, character, or disposition. (A less common variant of "show one's (true) colors.") Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he revealed his true stripes 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 stripes.
See also: reveal, stripe
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They cleanse Africana drama by revealing its philosophical depth and inherent critical reflectivity.
Although we remain largely in the dark regarding the peasants on the great estates east of the Elbe, this book, in conjunction with Sabean's study of Neckarhausen, provides an extremely revealing portrait of two of the three basic regional variants of German peasant society.
Gayle's only criticism of Jones, presented in revealing sexual language, is that he accepts the "right of society to castrate him" because he adheres to some "superficial values, as readily, though not as completely, as the Harrisons" (185):
Certainly, no two-bit thug has ever been rendered so eloquently: Norman Mailer won a Pulitzer for ``The Executioner's Song,'' a novelization of Gilmore's execution and the media circus that surrounded it, and Gilmore's brother, Mikal, a former Los Angeles music writer, likewise received prizes for his sad and revealing memoir, ``Shot in the Heart,'' which has been transformed into a disturbing, melancholy and resonant HBO film.
It asks candidates to make judgments about their past behaviors or experiences to help determine eight revealing behavior traits.
DISR's visible-light and infrared spectrometers will analyze the feeble sunlight reflected from the surface of Titan back through its atmosphere, revealing the composition of clouds and the size of aerosol particles.
But as revealing as the artwork may seem, Koplewicz cautions exhibition visitors to refrain from becoming amateur clinicians after looking at the pictures.
Keckley's text, intentionally or not, splinters the fragile veneer of middle-class culture in mid-nineteenth-century America, revealing and challenging the racial, gendered, and class ideologies that were inextricably tied to the middle class's increasingly precarious social status.
In 2002, several regional lines of seismic were acquired and recently reprocessed revealing a whole new sector, adding to previously announced potential for commercially viable hydrocarbons offshore Guinea.
The sharpest-ever visible-light images of the sun are revealing puzzling new features about sunspots, the dark regions where the sun's powerful magnetic field is concentrated.
Emsley tries to cover all aspects of an element by discussing its economic and environmental impact and by revealing "elements of surprise" in a section of each profile.
Members of this group intend to begin banking on line within the next six months, with many currently revealing that they are shopping for an Internet Bank.
This work is revealing distant quasars, brown dwarfs, and galaxies.
Released to coincide with the 13th anniversary of the October 19, 1987 Stock Market Crash, a revealing new study commissioned by the Personal Financial Specialist Credential and Exam Committee of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) shows that two-thirds of the respondents feel insecure about their financial health.
50 per share, after steadily dropping in response to the news revealing the truth about the Company's EHC sales and its customers.