reveal (one's) (true) colors

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reveal (one's) (true) colors

To reveal what one really believes, thinks, or wants; to act in accordance with one's real personality, character, or disposition. Primarily heard in US. Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he revealed his true colors once he realized that he wouldn't get any special commission for his efforts. It's only in times of crisis that your friends will really reveal their colors.
See also: color, reveal
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de Vos: And the way he paints layers of bright colors on fired clay sculptures and then sands them down to reveal colors beneath.
Intricate designs in mola panels are created through a combination of applique and reverse applique, in which layers of fabric are laid on top of each other or cut through to reveal colors underneath.
Once we restrict ourselves to thinking of colors as stable and not abiding, it becomes possible to see how the phenomenology of color experience can reveal colors to be complex, relational properties.
Long exposures also reveal colors in deep-sky objects that are invisible to the eye.
Illustrator Paula Barragan creates the colors, while jazzy poetry uses English and Spanish to reveal colors to the very young.
The busy colors and patterns of the Australian Aboriginal artists helped us create an exciting printing project involving reduction--printing or printing involving the cutting away of areas to reveal colors beneath.