(one's) true color(s)

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(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.
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.
See also: color, true
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

true colors

See also: color, true
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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.
See also: colour, true
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References in classic literature ?
My heart went there with you, but I knew that naught but sorrow and humiliation could come to one whom the Devil of Torn loved, if that love was returned; and so I waited until you might forget the words you had spoken to Roger de Conde before I came to fulfill the promise that you should know him in his true colors.
"Zoran Zaev revealed his true colors, which isn't surprising, but I wonder whether those who swore in the Albanian national flag and supported Zaev to come on power, will continue to support him.
This includes a noted Palestinian Arab columnist who has revealed his true colors in an article for Arab media.
However, he soon showed his true colors. In 1989, the first Bush administration followed the lead of the radical gun-control lobby and arbitrarily banned the importation of various rifles that have a "military appearance." Then, in 1995, the former president helped the anti-gun fanatics and his liberal successor, Bill Clinton, by staging a dramatic resignation from the NRA.
Alex and his friends learn to cope with a bully who is polite and considerate in front of adults, but shows his true colors when they are gone.
And even the mayor shows his true colors once he admits that he is truly angry at what has been happening to his formerly routine and pleasant life.