(one's) (true) stripes

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(one's) (true) stripes

One's true or honest beliefs, thoughts, convictions, biases, desires, etc.; one's real personality, character, or disposition. (A less common variant of "one's (true) colors.") 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. You will really see your friends' true stripes when you call upon them in a time of crisis.
See also: stripe
References in classic literature ?
He who believes that each equine species was independently created, will, I presume, assert that each species has been created with a tendency to vary, both under nature and under domestication, in this particular manner, so as often to become striped like other species of the genus; and that each has been created with a strong tendency, when crossed with species inhabiting distant quarters of the world, to produce hybrids resembling in their stripes, not their own parents, but other species of the genus.
WOMEN with slender frames can be bold and clash their stripes - the trick is to keep horizontal lines on top and vertical stripes on your bottom half.
Women with a slender frame can be bold and clash their stripes - the trick is to keep horizontal lines on top and vertical stripes on your bottom half.