see (one) for what (one) (really) is(redirected from saw them for who they really 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.
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see somebody/something for what they ˈare/it ˈisrealize that somebody/something is not as good, pleasant, etc. as they seem/it seems: I used to really like him, but now I can see him for what he really is — selfish and arrogant!
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