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show (one's) butt

(chiefly Southern United States slang) To act in a rude, obnoxious, or aberrant manner; to misbehave or act foolishly; to make a scene. My Mammaw says that we can go down to the mall on our own, but she said not to show our butts or we'll be grounded! You need to start controlling how much you drink when we're out. You were showing your butt in front of all your colleagues!
See also: butt, show

show (one's) cards

To make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those previously hidden or kept secret. (A variant of "show one's hand"; both phrases refer to displaying the cards one has in one's hand during a card game.) In business negotiations, it's important that you don't show your cards right away, or you might risk losing out on the best deal possible. Pressure from the IRS is forcing the notoriously secretive CEO to show his cards regarding his company's tax profile and offshore accounts.
See also: card, show

show (one's) (true) colours

To reveal what one really believes, thinks, or wants; to act in accordance with one's real personality, character, or disposition. Primarily heard in UK. Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he showed his true colours once he realised 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 colours.
See also: colour, show

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

show the flag

To stand up for, support, or defend someone or something. A number of people from the actor's hometown are arriving into New York to show the flag at his debut performance on Broadway. My country is often a target for insults or gibes abroad, so whenever I go traveling I make a point of showing the flag for it.
See also: flag, show

show (a/the) white flag

To offer a sign of surrender or defeat; to yield or give in. After the prosecutors brought forward their newest evidence, the defendant showed the white flag and agreed to the plea bargain. We've been in negotiations for weeks, but it looks like the other company might finally be ready to show a white flag.
See also: flag, show, white

show (one's) horns

To reveal one's evil or malicious nature. The devil is typically depicted with horns. I thought I could trust Eric until he showed his horns by spreading rumors about me. Jill definitely sabotaged my last two relationships. She might seem nice, but she always shows her horns eventually.
See also: horn, show

show the cloven hoof

To reveal one's evil or malicious nature. The devil is typically depicted with cloven hooves. I thought I could trust Eric until he showed the cloven hoof by spreading rumors about me. Jill definitely sabotaged my last two relationships. She might seem nice, but she always shows the cloven hoof eventually.
See also: cloven, hoof, show

show (one's) hand

To make one's plans, intentions, ideas, or resources known to others, especially those that were previously hidden or kept secret. (Also expressed as "show (one's) cards"; both phrases refer to displaying one's cards ("hand") during a card game.) In business negotiations, it's important that you don't show your hand right away, or you might risk losing out on the best deal possible. Pressure from the government is forcing the notoriously secretive CEO to show his hand regarding his company's tax profile and offshore accounts.
See also: hand, show

show (one's) (true) colors

To reveal what one really believes, thinks, or wants; to act in accordance with one's real personality, temperament, or disposition. Dave said all along that he only wanted this deal because it was in the company's best interest, but he showed his true colors 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 colors.
See also: color, show

show a/the white flag

To show a sign of surrender or defeat; to yield or give in. After the prosecutors brought forward their newest evidence, the defendant showed the white flag and agreed to the plea bargain. We've been in negotiations for weeks, but it looks like the other company might finally be ready to show a white flag.
See also: flag, show, white

show (one) in (one's) true colors

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 colors 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 colors: a kind, compassionate woman with no motive for revenge.
See also: color, show, true

show the way

To guide someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "show" and "the." I've never been here before, so you need to show me the way. Your leadership has always shown the way for our company, sir.
See also: show, way

one's claws are showing

one is acting catty; one is saying spiteful and cruel things. Gloria: Did you see what she was wearing? I wouldn't be caught dead in it! Sally: Gloria, my dear, your claws are showing.
See also: claw, showing

show the way

Guide, as in This division has shown the way to bigger profits. This expression transfers the physical sense of guiding one in a particular direction. [Early 1500s] Also see lead the way.
See also: show, way

show the flag

(of a naval vessel) make an official visit to a foreign port, especially as a show of strength.
See also: flag, show

show the ˈway

do something first so that other people can follow: The future lies in changing the way we do business, and this Internet company is showing the way.
See also: show, way
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