show (one's) (true) colors

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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 one's (true) colors

Fig. to show what one is really like or what one is really thinking. Whose side are you on, John? Come on. Show your colors. It's hard to tell what Mary is thinking. She never shows her true colors.
See also: color, show

show one's colors

See also: color, show
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Alex and his friends learn to cope with a bully who is polite and considerate in front of adults, but shows his true colors when they are gone.
He pays lip service to the right answer and promptly shows his true colors when he rejects how Jesus interprets what will happen to God's son when he gets to Jerusalem.
And even the mayor shows his true colors once he admits that he is truly angry at what has been happening to his formerly routine and pleasant life.
Photo: When push comes to shove, Vlade Divac shows his true colors.