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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Tina brings Stan to The Vic but he soon reveals his true colours.
Mick eventually agrees to let him stay, but as Stan begins to bond with everyone over dinner he reveals his true colours.
CORONATION STREET (ITV1): LEWIS reveals his true colours this week as he uses Deirdre in his scam to fleece the bookies out of a stack of cash.
CORONATION STREET (ITV1) Lewis reveals his true colours this week as he uses Deirdre in his scam to fleece the bookies out of a stack of cash.
Elsewhere, Theresa's head is turned by the arrival of bad boy Kyle in the village but he reveals his true colours when he threatens the wannabe glamour model, while Lauren reluctantly agrees to pretend that she slept with Spencer to trick the lad into giving money to her and Gaz.
Elsewhere, Theresa's head is turned by the arrival of bad boy Kyle in the village, but he reveals his true colours when he threatens the wannabe glamour model, while Lauren and Gaz trick Spencer into giving them money.
McLeish came in making positive noises about how this would change, but there's limited evidence, and his treatment of De Ridder reveals his true colours, he's yet another defensive-orientated manager for Blues.
However, it's not long before the heroine's former boyfriend reveals his true colours.
My favourite (b) is Peter Schmeichel on Match of the Day, who likes to give the impression he's an (a) but, when pressed, reveals his true colours.
Dream on - another fake reveals his true colours and a legend dies.
A terrified Little Mo confides in Peggy about Trevor's recent behaviour, while her estranged husband continues to terrorise her - but he eventually reveals his true colours to Sam.
This week Jamie reveals his true colours by stabbing his former partner in crime, Blue, in the neck.
HOLLYOAKS (C4) Jamie reveals his true colours by stabbing his former partner in crime, Blue, in the neck.
This week he reveals his true colours by stabbing his former partner in crime, Blue, in the neck.
EASTENDERS: Minty (left) goes in search of a bedsit for SJ, while Owen reveals his true colours to Denise.