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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

reveal (one's) (true) stripes

To reveal what one really believes, thinks, or wants; to act in accordance with one's real personality, character, or disposition. (A less common variant of "show one's (true) colors.") Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he revealed his true stripes 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 stripes.
See also: reveal, stripe

reveal (one's) cards

To make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those that were previously hidden or kept secret. (Also expressed as "reveal (one's) hand"; both phrases refer to displaying one's cards ("hand") during a card game.) In business negotiations, it's important that you don't reveal your cards right away, or you might risk losing out on the best deal possible. Pressure from the government is forcing the notoriously secretive CEO to reveal his cards regarding his company's tax profile and offshore accounts.
See also: card, reveal

reveal (one's) hand

To make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those that were previously hidden or kept secret. (Also expressed as "reveal (one's) cards"; both phrases refer to displaying one's cards ("hand") during a card game.) In business negotiations, it's important that you don't reveal your hand right away, or you might risk losing out on the best deal possible. Pressure from the government is forcing the notoriously secretive CEO to reveal his hand regarding his company's tax profile and offshore accounts.
See also: hand, reveal

reveal to (someone or something)

1. To disclose, divulge, or make known something to someone or some group. A noun or pronoun is used between "reveal" and "to." I revealed my new strategy to the board of directors, but they weren't nearly as receptive to it as I'd hoped. A magician should never reveal her secrets to anyone.
2. To show or display some concealed person or thing to someone or some group; to expose someone or something to the view of another person or group. A noun or pronoun is used between "reveal" and "to." The film never reveals the killer to the you, instead allowing you to draw your own conclusions. He pulled back the curtain and revealed the new product to the excited audience. The masked vigilante promised to reveal himself to the public once the city's crime rate was under control.
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These students deem research courses to be the most difficult in their programs of study, often revealing that they would not have enrolled in these classes if they had not been required to do so (Wilson & Onwuegbuzie, in press).
Nevertheless, these writings--comprising dramatic pieces, essays, and short stories, as well as about forty poems--hold great interest, revealing a Dunbar with whom scholars have not been entirely familiar.
On one hand, her installation is an instance of Conceptually based institutional critique, in which the goal of producing aesthetic objects is superseded by that of revealing the power structures that produce aesthetic value.
The book is at its best when revealing how stylistically disparate works derive their forms from debates over the same set of events.
The jury was impressed by the brave and revealing intervention into a very complex urban fabric, which has been accomplished with pretty slender means.
DISR's visible-light and infrared spectrometers will analyze the feeble sunlight reflected from the surface of Titan back through its atmosphere, revealing the composition of clouds and the size of aerosol particles.
Gayle's only criticism of Jones, presented in revealing sexual language, is that he accepts the "right of society to castrate him" because he adheres to some "superficial values, as readily, though not as completely, as the Harrisons" (185):
Unfortunately, though, the thrust of recent social history has called this argument into question by revealing the continued power and prosperity of the nobility in early modern France (see, for example, James B.
The evidence comes from an infrared survey of 266 youthful stars, revealing that 71 of them have disks of dusty debris.