come across as (someone or something)

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come across as (someone or something)

To be viewed by others in a particular way; to have one's personality, behavior, intentions, etc., interpreted in a particular way. Did I come across as confident when I made my speech? She comes across as cold and uptight, but she's actually a very kind lady.
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Not because Rudman is not thoughtful and candid--he is surely both, in spades--but because he comes across as a kind of hands-on type, too busy getting things done to reflect in writing.
Reagan comes across as a credulous old man whose disbelief was in a permanent state of suspension.
Souter comes across as one member of the Court with whom you'd really like to spend an evening, and as a card-carrying mensch.