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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BORN TO KILL Channel4, 9pm MODEL teenager Sam (Jack Rowan) has started to reveal his true colours.
drama BORN TO KILL C4, 9pm MODEL teenager Sam (Jack Rowan) has started to reveal his true colours.
Even if this is true - and it's hard to deny, with left-wing Labour MPs expressing their delight with their leader's willingness to reveal his true colours - it remains to be seen how much of a handicap it will really prove to be with the public.
Perhaps, it is the same zeal which made Kohli, a cricketer with an attitude, reveal his true colours.
CHINA VISIT has yet to fulfil the promise of his stunning victory in the UAE Derby at Nad Al Sheba in March, but connections will be hopeful that he can reveal his true colours this autumn after a pleasing workout on the Limekilns Trial Ground yesterday.
RAM Jethmalani has begun to reveal his true colours to a deeply embarrassed BJP.
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.
The last episode saw Mahon reveal his true colours when he demanded the brothers' boat and a bundle of cash for letting Lincoln go.