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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Duterte revealed his true colors. He said he wanted to change the provisions in the 1987 Constitution that requires the Congress and the Supreme Court to review a president's proclamation of martial law.
"Zoran Zaev revealed his true colors, which isn't surprising, but I wonder whether those who swore in the Albanian national flag and supported Zaev to come on power, will continue to support him.
"General Allen revealed his true colors when he said that Bashar al-Assad has lost all legitimacy to govern and that is incredibly arrogant statement for General Allen to make on behalf of the United States' government," he added.
"Nasrallah revealed his true colors and adopted the theory of being the ally of tyrant Bashar Assad.
Ben was looked at as the 2013 villain on "The Bachelorette." Eliminated when it came down to a two-on-one date with Desiree and Michael G., he revealed his true colors while in the limo on the way out.
This includes a noted Palestinian Arab columnist who has revealed his true colors in an article for Arab media.
Her fiance soon revealed his true colors, so their wedding hasn't just been postponed, but cancelled-with Mariah breathing a big 'there but for the grace of God' sigh of relief!