will the real someone please stand up

will the real (someone) please stand up

Will the true, genuine, or authentic person please identify themselves? Used rhetorically to suggest that the person in question has up until now been disingenuous or failed to live up to their own potential or ideals. With the administration being upended each week and the government currently in a total shutdown until a new budget is passed, many are asking: Will the real president please stand up?
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will the real — please stand up

used rhetorically to indicate that the specified person should clarify their position or reveal their true character. informal
1996 Maclean's There have been moments when I wanted to ask, ‘Would the real Mr. Arafat please stand up’, but these have been fleeting.
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