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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Mahmudullah is playing really, really well for us for the last one-anda-half years and Nasir (Hossain) was very unlucky (not to play the first match) but he showed his stripes today and played really well for the team.
Mahmudullah is playing really, really good for us for the last one and a half years and Nasir (Hossain) was very unlucky (not to play the first match) but he showed his stripes today and played really well for the team.
Mahmudullah is playing really, really well for us for the last oneand-a-half years and Nasir (Hossain) was very unlucky (not to play the first match) but he showed his stripes today and played really well for the team.
Mahmudullah is playing really, really good for us for the last one-and-ahalf years, and Nasir (Hossain) was very unlucky (not to play the first match) but he showed his stripes and played really well for the team.
TFG President Abdullahi Yusuf may not be a model democrat, but he showed his stripes well enough when he said of Sunday's air strikes that the U.
After the defeat, one of those Moscow consultants showed his stripes when he commented, "All Yushchenko supporters are beasts and fascists.