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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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Revealingly, this sold for $1.35m (734,511 [pounds sterling]), the low end of its estimate--many potential buyers apparently put off by the figure's shocking eyes (one of which is original).
Its title, Parlando, revealingly hints at form rather than content.
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Her analysis demonstrates very revealingly the ambiguities in the attitudes towards female subjectivity considered.
In her 1997 memoir, "Personal History," she spoke revealingly of her struggles to gain confidence and balance work and family -- themes that relate to women everywhere.
Revealingly, neither BMS nor Merck has withdrawn from a suit against the South African government brought by thirty-nine pharmaceuticals seeking to prohibit importation of generic drugs, which they claim would violate their patents.
Yet, revealingly, party members were not concentrated in all of the most prestigious sorts of jobs.
In the three-room structure, the 21-year-old actress slept, cooked, ate and, most revealingly, bathed.
More revealingly, the number of people who think a candidate should not even respond to questions about cocaine has gone up since the marathon cross-examining of Bush began.
Indeed, some of Wilson's arguments now sound more like those of a political consultant than a scholar, as when he recommends renaming "affirmative action" "affirmative opportunity" "By changing the language we use when discussing such programs, we increase their potential for public support and make them acceptable," Wilson revealingly observes.
The darkness has persisted as the images have become more enigmatic yet somehow more revealingly reflective of the melancholy side of American life.
Revealingly, however, he was unable to cite any examples of such flagrant breaches, apart from two cases which Mr Santer had told him earlier in the day.
Later in the book he's shown splashing about revealingly, like a male siren luring men to act on their natural instincts.
Caldwell's survey of demographic structure and trends appears to have been recently composed; perhaps revealingly, it is the only paper to make any reference to AIDS.
Revealingly, the CIA says that it is 'particularly interested in candidates with backgrounds in Central Eurasian, East Asian and Middle Eastern languages and those with degrees and experience in international economics and international business as well as nuclear, biological and chemical warfare'.