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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
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In this sense, telephone calls are a revealingly recurrent motif in the novel.
Revealingly, Ellsberg had earlier enlisted in the Marine Corps, a move that would raise eyebrows from acquaintances in academe.
Revealingly, they also have lower GPAs and test scores than students accepted in the later admission process.
It's like 'Basic Instinct,''' she added, apparently alluding to a scene in the 1992 blockbuster in which an underwear-less Sharon Stone revealingly uncrosses her legs.
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.
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.
This, the latest product of the long German love affair with Rome, revealingly carries an epigraph from Goethe's wonderful Italian Journey: 'No one who has not been here can have any conception of what an education Rome is'.
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.
Stefano Prandi's impressive book is a fine example of a genre by now well established in Dante studies on both sides of the Atlantic: the thematic monograph, tightly but revealingly focused on a particular aspect of the Commedia's text, and given scope and resonance by its author's immersion in both the accumulated history of Dante scholarship and the primary cultural materials generated across the centuries between the classical era and Dante's own times.
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.
Soyinka is prepared to hold back the flow of his drama while the company join in an amusing "Ode to the Bicycle" - it seems bicycles have been rarely seen in Lagos since the oil boom - and the playwright incorporates, in a naturalistic manner, a Minstrel who revealingly attributes some of Soyinka's 1983 lyrics to Sanda