show (one's) (true) colours

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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 your true colours

COMMON If someone shows their true colours, they show their real character, often when this is bad. Note: A ship's colours are its national flag. Someone I had trusted now showed her true colours. Note: Verbs such as declare and reveal are sometimes used instead of show. Three months into the relationship, Rogers began to reveal his true colours. Note: You can also see someone in their true colours. The children started seeing him in his true colours for the first. Note: Once a pirate ship had got close to a treasure ship by `sailing under false colours', it then revealed its true identity by raising its own flag.
See also: colour, show, true

show your (true) colours

reveal your real character or intentions, especially when these are disreputable or dishonourable.
See also: colour, show
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PIXIE Lott shows her true colours as she flies to LA ahead of England vs the USA on Saturday.
She shows her true colours when she burns Ben with a hot spoon, which even a lad as annoying as him doesn't deserve.
SAMMY ROGERS (Rachel Lindsay) shows her true colours when Katie (Diane Burke) tells her to sling her hook.
STUNNING Alex Curran shows her true colours at Aintree yesterday - to the delight of her Liverpool footie star husband Steven Gerrard.