show (one's) (true) stripes

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show (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/colours.") Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he showed 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 show their stripes.
See also: show, stripe
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"These 'warming stripe' graphics are visual representations of the change in temperature as measured in each country over the past 100+ years," Hawkins wrote on the Show Your Stripes website.
SHOW YOUR STRIPES Alena and Zarina with mum in Dublin Zoo
Show your stripes: Win over the kids or grandkids with tickets to the tour of "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live" at the Rosemont Theatre, 5400 N.
"As part of the Show Your Stripes campaign, I have developed the Player Integrated Stripe Strategy, which I believe can deliver 0.1% on-pitch improvement 100% of the time.
"I'm Floyd Mayweather, and I've joined IHeartRadio for the Show Your Stripes movement to support the hiring of vets.
Here are eight ways to show your stripes, checks and tartans this fall.
Convergys Pharr is also active in the Show Your Stripes campaign that actively seeks current and former service members, and their families to join our team.