show one's true colors

idiom

: to show what one is really like : to reveal one's real nature or character
He seemed nice at first, but he showed his true colors during the crisis.

Dictionary Entries Near show one's true colors

Cite this Entry

“Show one's true colors.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/show%20one%27s%20true%20colors. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!