(one's) true color(s)(redirected from (one's) true colours)
(one's) true color(s)
One's true or honest beliefs, thoughts, convictions, biases, desires, etc.; one's real personality, character, or disposition. Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he showed his true colors once he realized that he wouldn't get any special commission for his efforts. You will really see your friends' true colors when you call upon them in a time of crisis. I do think you're a fool for trusting Sheila, but you'll see her true colors soon enough.
See also: true
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someone's true colors
Fig. a person's true attitude, opinions, and biases. When he lost his temper at his wife, I began to see his true colors.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
see under show one's true colors.
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your, his, etc. true ˈcolours(British English) (American English your, his, etc. true ˈcolors) (often disapproving) what a person is really like: Once he got into power he showed his true colours.
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