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(one's) true colours

One's true or honest beliefs, thoughts, convictions, biases, desires, etc.; 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. You will really see your friends' true colours when you call upon them in a time of crisis.
See also: colour, true
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The only downside is you have finally seen someone's true colours.
At work a decidedly boyish prank shows someone's true colours.
But as a general rule, forget star signs, if you want to know someone's true colours, check out their bathroom.
"But someone's true colours don't really show until you are together on holiday."
But she cut all ties following a series of angry phone fights on Monday and tweeted: "Breath of fresh air to FINALLY see someone's true colours!!!" The busty brunette dumped Calum last month after pictures emerged of him leaving a London nightclub with TV presenter Donna Air.
Shortly after she pulled out of the gig she tweeted: "Breath of fresh air to FINALLY see someone's true colours!!
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