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 THE wrong information is coming out all over Carrigstown as Lucy reveals her true colours.
CORONATION STREET Tyrone (Alan Halsall) is devastated when Jackie reveals her true colours and admits she plans to abscond, but Molly offers to use their wedding fund to bail her out.
Things go all Michael Jackson in Weatherfield this week when nutter Casey (Zoe Henry, above) reveals her true colours to dimwit butcher Ashley Peacock (Steven Arnold) and threatens to throw herself and baby Freddie over a balcony unless he proposes to her.
Just when you were beginning to feel sorry for Cilla and wondering about the death-bed scene to come, the woman reveals her true colours.
Blathnaid, 38, said she's apprehensive about the show as it reveals her true colours.
STUNNING Kirsty Gallacher reveals her true colours as she soaks up the sun in a revealing red bikini in the Caribbean.