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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Korukcu, far left, Ash, is a Red all HERE are the first two fantastic pics of kids showing their colours ahead of the Mersey-pride Wembley FA Cup showdown on April 14.
LEFT TO DIE Daffodils and a carnation, nearly dead, Until I, water, to them fed, They were left then lying around, Until I came upon them, on the ground, Where they came from I do not know, In another place, they at one time, to grow, Taking them home, in a small vase to place, They now, in their brilliant manner, I face, Alive they have come, like unto the Phoenix of old, Showing their colours, for a while, all bold, The time I will have them, only to be short, But the essence in their make up I have caught, So to those that leave much beauty behind, Mine was the pleasure in this of my find.