(one's) true colours

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(one's) true colours

One's true or honest beliefs, thoughts, convictions, biases, desires, etc.; 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. You will really see your friends' true colours when you call upon them in a time of crisis.
See also: colour, true
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SIR - What exactly does Wayne David MP mean, when he says that Plaid Cymru are coming out in their true colours over the proposed defence academy at St Athan?
YOUNG performers will be showing their true colours on stage this week - some of them treading the boards for the first time.
Cardiff City fans can show their true colours at tomorrow's last home league game of the season by snapping up one of our fantastic celebration hats.