blood will tell

Family characteristics or heredity cannot be concealed.

1850 G. H. BOKER World a Mask IV. in S. Bradley Glaucus (1940) 38 He looked like the tiger in the Zoological, when I punch him with my stick... Game to the backbone—blood will tell.

1914 WODEHOUSE Man upstairs & Other Stories 253 Blood will tell. Once a Pittsburgh millionaire, always a Pittsburgh millionaire.

2002 Oldie June 63 By the end, she herself has turned out to be the cousin of ‘darling Clare’, and the daughter of long-lost Sir David Beaumont,..which is a bit of a cheat really because blood will out, won’t it, and it’s not surprising that Daisy is such a marvel.


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