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Show your true colours : Phrases


To reveal your true intentions, personality, or behaviors.


Everyone is on best behavior on the first date, but soon enough you will
show your true colours.


Colour(s) has numerous meanings. An early use of the word is flag, pennant, or badge.

Early warships often carried flags from many nations on board in order to elude or deceive the enemy. The rules of civilized warfare called for all ships to hoist their true national ensigns before firing a shot.

Someone who finally
shows his true colours is acting like a warship which hails another ship flying one flag, but then hoisted their own when they got in firing range.

Related Phrase :
Pass with flying colours.

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