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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A pair of binoculars will easily reveal their colors. Through 12x36 image-stabilized binoculars, the separation between the stars is extremely wide.
As the frost melts, the black mondo grass (Ophiopogon planiscapus 'Nigrescens') and Scotch heathers (Calluna vulgaris) in the foreground reveal their colors. The heathers, heaths, and yuccas are pruned once a year, just after flowering, to keep their structure.