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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Chief of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Jon Benjamin said: "Slowly but surely the BNP are revealing their true colours.
When, during the elections, the Conservatives recommended tax credits so parents could choose child-care in the best interests of their children, the Liberals, revealing their true colours, proclaimed that parents would waste the money on "beer" and "popcorn.
They will carry out Big Brother's orders and watch and listen to live footage of their housemates revealing their true colours.
They will then work for Big Brother and will watch and listen to live footage of their housemates revealing their true colours.
However, while Milo's off making big eyes at Princess Kida, his companions are revealing their true colours and agenda, namely the discovery and theft of the city's power source.