(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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What Emma Haredale and Dolly would have done, or how long Miss Miggs, now that she had hoisted her true colours, would have gone on waving them before their astonished senses, it is impossible to tell.
Littimer, rubbing his hands uneasily, 'which anybody might have supposed would have been, at all events, appreciated as a kind intention, then the young woman came out in her true colours. A more outrageous person I never did see.
STUNNING Alex Curran shows her true colours at Aintree yesterday - to the delight of her Liverpool footie star husband Steven Gerrard.
CLLR Hazel Noonan has shown her true colours in her letter (Your Say, November 28).
Showing her true colours when she faced the awaiting press photographers, she pouted then struck a pose, class!
She flew late to finish fourth and is worth another chance to show her true colours, perhaps at Wolverhampton where the longer run-in might suit.