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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However, with the carrot dangling in front of him of one of the biggest jobs in English football, McClaren revealed his true colours - he was nowhere to be seen.
But the plastic Prime Minister revealed his true colours when he forgot that he is supposed to be an Aston Villa fan, declaring a preference for West Ham United - a telling slip that confirmed Cameron is 100% phoney.
DAVID Cameron revealed his true colours midway through his speech by saying he "resents" the poor.
Geronimo Mallon revealed his true colours in the tapes.
Although, I did intercept an email from the ECHO editor onWednesday that revealed his true colours.
TONY Blair revealed his true colours as a closet Tory when he said that Ed Miliband must not oppose Cameron's welfare reforms.
It was certainly the day when Salmond revealed his true colours.
To start with he and I had a very flirtatious relationship in the house but then he revealed his true colours.
Horne revealed his true colours in the build-up to a crucial Battle of the Humber.
Orangerie revealed his true colours after being taken on early and turned it in two furlongs out.
And O'Neill had no idea Solihull-born Gardner was a Bluenose until he went to St Andrews and revealed his true colours.
Supersub Coisty revealed his true colours at training yesterday and admitted: "I'm trying to dazzle the manager into giving me a game.
JOSE MOURINHO revealed his true colours last night as he admitted that there is no place for thrills in his Chelsea vision after all.
The Justice Minister revealed his true colours when he told the Economist magazine that social and economic inequality is an inevitable part of what Ireland has become.