(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 colours 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

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

true colors

See also: color, true

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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The true color of a cerumen bolus cannot be determined by just looking at it; you must smear a sample so that it thins out in order to determine its true color. The pigment responsible for the color of cerumen has yet to be identified.
Owing much of its political base to gun rights supporters, the Bush administration is now reluctantly beginning to show its true colors. Beginning very soon after September 11th, the Bush administration has been dropping hints that it won't allow pilots or members of airline crews to carry firearms.
Advocates of immigrants' rights who worked on Clinton's transition team voice an outrage that has become commonplace as the Administration shows its true colors on human and civil rights.