see (one) for what (one) (really) is(redirected from saw them for who they are)
see (one) for what (one) (really) is
To recognize one's true identity or nature. It was only after overhearing a conversation she wasn't supposed to witness that Hailey saw Doug for what he really is—a two-faced backstabber. I wish Janet would see me for who I am, and not lump me together will all those other jerks in the office.