American Idioms and Expressions

Show Your True Colors Idiom

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Show your true colors
What does Show your true colors mean?
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 colors.
Color(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 colors" is acting like a warship which hails another ship flying one flag, but then hoisted their own when they got in firing range.

Some Random Idioms
have a big heart
What does "have a big heart" mean?
to be very kind/generous/helpfulThe man has a big heart and he will always try to help other people.
live and let live
What does "live and let live" mean?
to be tolerant and accept other people who may be differentPeople in a large city must learn to live and let live.
to be/go out on a limb
What does "to be/go out on a limb" mean?
to be in a dangerous or risky positionThe man went out on a limb to offer his brother the job.
hot
What does "hot" mean?
angry; upset
a sure thing
What does "a sure thing" mean?
something that is sure to happen, something about which there is no doubtMy promotion to manager is a sure thing according to the president.
red hot
What does "red hot" mean?
very important; very much in demand
days running
What does "days running" mean?
several days in a rowThere were concerts at the auditorium for six days running.
everything one can lay/get his or her hands on
What does "everything one can lay/get his or her hands on" mean?
to use everything of a particular type that you can findWe used everything that we could lay our hands on to build the small storage building.

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