show (one's) (true) colours

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show (one's) (true) colours

To reveal what one really believes, thinks, or wants; to act in accordance with one's real personality, character, or disposition. Primarily heard in UK. Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he showed his true colours once he realised that he wouldn't get any special commission for his efforts. It's only in times of crisis that your friends will really show their colours.
See also: colour, show
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LADY Gaga told fans in Los Angeles she was feeling blue over the death of Amy Winehouse - and showed her true colours with her choice of outfit.
FORMER Fat Lady Clarissa Dickson Wright showed her true colours in Clarissa And The Countryman (BBC2, Friday).