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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Plummer's Law comes across as both insufferably arrogant and deeply human.
If Stud occasionally comes across as an awkward first encounter between queer performance theory and architectural history, it nevertheless suggests an open field of cross-disciplinary research that will hopefully develop a more nuanced language to span the disciplinary divides created by its own archive.
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.