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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At the beginning, everyone wants to see me, wants to wave at me, but at the end of the story Hans reveals his true colors and I get kind of booed off," he said.
After the grandiose but hollow rhetoric of his inaugural and state of the union addresses, President Bush's budget proposal reveals his true colors.