where (one) is coming from

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where (one) is coming from

One's motivation or reason for doing something or holding some position or opinion. The phrase indicates that one understands the circumstances that led one to an action or opinion. Look, I understand where you're coming from—and I kind of agree with you—but rules are rules, and I can't let you do that. If Gina would explain her situation a little better, I think they'd see where she's coming from.
See also: coming

where one is coming from

one's point of view. I think I know what you mean. I know where you're coming from. Man, you don't know where I'm coming from! You don't understand a single word I say.
See also: coming, one

where one is coming from

What one means, from one's point of view, based on one's background or prior experience. For example, I don't believe in capital punishment, but as a pacifist you know where I'm coming from . [Second half of 1900s]
See also: coming, one

where someone is coming from

someone's meaning, motivation, or personality. informal
See also: coming, someone

where somebody is ˈcoming from

(informal, spoken) somebody’s ideas, beliefs, personality, etc. that makes them say what they have said: I see where you’re coming from (= I understand what you mean).
See also: coming, somebody
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I very rarely have to explain to him where I'm coming from when I offer an opinion or make a comment about a deal.
So if any of you kids out there are reading this and know where I'm coming from, keep skating.
Els was unhappy with a letter pressurising him to play more in the US, but said in Atlanta, where the season-ending Tour Championship starts today: ``They know where I'm coming from.
It's great to find someone who can understand where I'm coming from.
I've spoken to Sir Alex and went through the reasons why I had to invoke the rule and he under-stands where I'm coming from,'' explained Hughes.
He understands where I'm coming from, and he never tries to keep me from being effusive because he's like that, too.