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true colors

noun

an individual's true character as opposed to what might be portrayed

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  • Pretty soon the time for my train drew near, and then the little wanderer displayed himself in his true colors.

    My Life Josiah Flynt
  • The Colonel was not yet ready to appear under his true colors.

    Boy Scouts in the Canal Zone G. Harvey Ralphson
  • When the fugitives reached Greenwich—Stukeley stood up and appeared in his true colors.

  • Virginia is red and white, and red again,—true colors of the Confederacy.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • No sooner were the ceremonies of the wedding over but the mother-in-law began to show herself in her true colors.

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