true colors

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(one's) true color(s)

One's true or honest beliefs, thoughts, convictions, biases, desires, etc.; one's real personality, character, 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 colours once he realized that he wouldn't get any special commission for his efforts. You will really see your friends' true colors when you call upon them in a time of crisis.
See also: true

someone's true colors

Fig. a person's true attitude, opinions, and biases. When he lost his temper at his wife, I began to see his true colors.
See also: color, true

true colors

See also: color, true
References in classic literature ?
The Hare said to him, "I wish you would act sincerely by me, and show yourself in your true colors.
In former years they had marched rough shod over enormous areas, taking toll by brute force even when kindliness or diplomacy would have accomplished more; but now they were in bad straits--so bad that they had shown their true colors scarce twice in a year and then only when they came upon an isolated village, weak in numbers and poor in courage.
My heart went there with you, but I knew that naught but sorrow and humiliation could come to one whom the Devil of Torn loved, if that love was returned; and so I waited until you might forget the words you had spoken to Roger de Conde before I came to fulfill the promise that you should know him in his true colors.
True Colors embraces other issues that young teenage girls deal with as well.
Commenting Zaev's last statement for one Serbian media, observer Spahiu assessed it as scandalous, showing the true colors of Macedonian leaders who share the same hatred for Albanians.
In 2008, Lauper co-founded (with Lisa Barbaris and Jonny Podell) the True Colors Fund, a philanthropic organization--named for Lauper's platinum-selling 1986 album and its No.
The award was given by the True Colors Fund, an LGBT organization based in New York.
True Colors" is a beautiful outpouring of the rainbow embracing vision of Jodi Hills, fluent writer and painter of portraits in all true colors.
Renaissance Hotels kicked off an early salute to Pride season benefiting True Colors Fund with an exclusive event featuring an appearance by Cyndi Lauper and a performance by the cast of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Meanwhile, True Colors Theatre Company is working to establish itself formally in Atlanta, Washington, D.
Now she's created the True Colors tour, which aims to be an annual Gay and Lesbian Pride Month concert--think a "Cyndipalooza"--that will travel to 15 cities in June and feature five hours of music.
To remain faithful to the murals' true colors, Behl used long film exposures and eschewed flash photography.
Grammy-award winning international DJ and producer Zedd will be back in the Philippines once again to provide a vibrant musical experience with the True Colors Tour, presented by Neverland Manila, on August 8, 2015.
Love Out Loud is an exhibition by NYC LGBT artiest celebrating NYC Pride Week, while benefiting the True Colors Fund, Co-Founded by Cyndi Lauper.