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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Through the great Revolution of June 30th, they were in shock as they didn't expect Egyptian people to turn on them and put a stop to their ideologies; as a result they revolted in such a brutal manner and revealed their true colors," she continued.
For a time there were those who believed they were members of the Stampede contingent, but the delusion was dispelled when they revealed their true colors.
A quick note about the Syrian opposition: If the differences within the opposition are not enough, then some in the opposition have now revealed their true colors in the street, because they are street thugs, and not at the headquarters of the Arab League, when they attacked others in the Syrian opposition and assaulted them physically.