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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PIXIE Lott shows her true colours as she flies to LA ahead of England vs the USA on Saturday.
She shows her true colours when she burns Ben with a hot spoon, which even a lad as annoying as him doesn't deserve.
SAMMY ROGERS (Rachel Lindsay) shows her true colours when Katie (Diane Burke) tells her to sling her hook.
STUNNING Alex Curran shows her true colours at Aintree yesterday - to the delight of her Liverpool footie star husband Steven Gerrard.