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    Unhappy show one's true colors

    Hey guys,
    What does show one's true colors mean?
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    Quote Originally Posted by geofferyzh View Post
    Hey guys,
    What does show one's true colors mean?
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    It means, "show their true self", Geoffrey.

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    Default Re: show one's true colors

    I believe it's a naval idiom (like many others); colours = flag. A pirate ship would fly a neutral flag until it got within firing distance, and the 'reveal its true colours' [break out the skull and cross-bones].

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    Default Re: show one's true colors

    I came across this phrase in a video about Dixie Chicks. Someone said 'Dixie Chicks showed their true colors by saying that they were ashamed of US president for launching the Iraq war.'
    I'm not sure if this is commendatory or derogatory.

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    they have revealed their real feeling about usa.

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    Default Re: show one's true colors

    Quote Originally Posted by geofferyzh View Post
    I came across this phrase in a video about Dixie Chicks. Someone said 'Dixie Chicks showed their true colors by saying that they were ashamed of US president for launching the Iraq war.'
    I'm not sure if this is commendatory or derogatory.
    Neither; it just says they spoke their minds. (A lot of people might think that commendable, but the expression itself doesn't convey any sense of approval.)

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    Default Re: show one's true colors

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I believe it's a naval idiom (like many others); colours = flag. A pirate ship would fly a neutral flag until it got within firing distance, and the 'reveal its true colours' [break out the skull and cross-bones].

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