the dark side of (someone or something)

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the dark side of (someone or something)

The negative or troubled part of someone or something that is usually concealed. My mom is always sweet to my friends, but I've seen the dark side of her enough to know mean she can be. Shady deals like this are the dark side of the music industry, unfortunately.
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dark side of someone or something

Fig. the negative and often hidden aspect of someone or something. I had never seen the dark side of Mary before, and I have to tell you that I was horrified when she lost her temper.
See also: dark, of, side
References in classic literature ?
That being now deprived of all the fancied felicity which he enjoyed in the full exercise of worldly pleasures, he said he was at leisure to look upon the dark side of them, where he found all manner of deformity; and was now convinced that virtue only makes a man truly wise, rich, and great, and preserves him in the way to a superior happiness in a future state; and in this, he said, they were more happy in their banishment than all their enemies were, who had the full possession of all the wealth and power they had left behind them.