(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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In our profession we know something of human nature, and take my word for it, that the feller that came back to work out that shilling, will show himself one of these days in his true colours. He's a low thief, sir.
Then the great hour struck,[*] and every man showed himself in his true colours."
Ronnie appears to have accepted defeat when she then apologises for her earlier behaviour, but it seems that's just a cover for her latest attempt to get Roxy to see her new fiance in his true colours.
DAVID Cameron certainly showed his true colours yesterday.
RUBY Walsh would love Hurricane Fly to show his true colours again in the Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham next week.
We weren't disappointed by that run, as it was on very soft going, and we were pleased to see him show his true colours in the Derrinstown Derby Trial.
BOB AINSWORTH MP must go, as he showed his true colours by standing back when the Gurkhas were fighting the right to stay in the UK.
The 2ft 8in actor was happy to reveal his true colours, posing with an LFC scarf, when he visited Cube nightclub in Liverpool for a packed-out personal appearance.
IF ever there was an advert for anyone who is in any doubt as to whether or not to vote for the BNP it was the picture and article in last week's Sunday Mirror that showed BNP activist Karl Newman in his true colours - a Naziworshipping fanatic who likes nothing better than dressing up in full German uniform and who even flies a swastika flag.
Newcastle United defender Peter Ramage will show his true colours tonight ( at a special awards ceremony at Newcastle's Tyne Theatre.
MICHAEL Howard is enraged with Boris Johnson, but all he has done has shown his true colours. Howard has tried so hard to deceive the public into thinking they are the caring party, but Boris is just a typical Tory who deserves all he gets for making his feelings public.
LINCOLN Barrett, aka High Contrast, will be playing his first major session in Cardiff since the successful release of his True Colours album.
Michael Jarvis's improving colt, brother to top-class miler Medicean, won despite hating the firm ground at Thirsk last time and is much better than he looked there - this easier surface should enable him to show his true colours.
Sunderland footballer Ben Clark showed his true colours when he held up a 14-metre red and white scarf to mark the start of a transport initiative.