show (someone) in (their) true colours

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show (someone) in (their) true colours

To reveal what someone really believes, thinks, or wants, or the true nature or strength of their character. (Usually, but not always, used in reference to someone with bad or unpleasant beliefs, desires, or characteristics.) The undercover journalist secretly filmed her meeting with the CEO, showing him in his true colours as a money-hungry snake with no regard for the law. The defendant's attorneys brought in a multitude of character witnesses to show her in her true colours: a kind, compassionate woman with no motive for revenge.
See also: colour, show, true