show one's true colors
  1. To reveal how one really is, as opposed to how one has been portrayed or after having been deceptively and deliberately misleading.
  • show one's true stripes
  • French: se montrer sous son vrai jour, montrer son vrai visage
  • German: Farbe bekennen, sein wahres Gesicht zeigen
  • Russian: показа́ть истинное лицо́
  • Spanish: mostrar su verdadera cara, mostrarse tal cual es

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