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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Such information, along with numerous reports, testimonies, and evidence, as well as photos and posts on social media by members of the White Helmets themselves, all of which reveals their true colors and the fact that they are far from being a humanitarian organization; rather they are a mask used to support terrorists and cover up their crime, as well as carrying out the agendas of hostile countries and legitimize foreign intervention.
The synopsis (via (http://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/salem/episodes/564320/) TVGuide ) of Season 3, episode 9 reads, "Everyone reveals their true colors and some hearts get broken in the process."