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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He began revealing his true colours, thinking that it was just the time for him to realise his wild ambition," it said.
WAVING the white hankie of surrender at greedy banksters was David Cameron revealing his true colours.
Of course, that's what he says every time he slinks back to Walford, before revealing his true colours and scuttling off again, leaving his poor old mum heartbroken and considerably poorer.
Revealing his true colours, Luke tells Gino he's there to steal explicit photos of Carrie and Marcus to sell to the press.
Charismatic frontman Martin Hawkins stalked the stage like a man who wants to do someone physical injury - before revealing his true colours with an it's-all-an-act smile.
Peter Hain and all the wellmeaning souls who wanted to stop Griffin revealing his true colours know nothing about the working class in this country.