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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The author also advises the woman to use both her intelligence and intuition to read between the lines; and to be sensitive to her partner's spontaneous behavior in different situations, such as anger, anxiousness and pressure because these will reveal his true colors and give away any masks he may be wearing intentionally or at the beginning of the relation.