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come by (something) honestly

1. To obtain something without deception or other nefarious behavior. Are you sure he came by that expensive handbag honestly?
2. To inherit something, usually a trait from one's parent. She came by her compassion honestly, as her mother was the exact same way.
See also: by, come, honestly
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

come by something honestly

 
1. Fig. to get something honestly. (See also come by something.) Don't worry. I came by this Swiss watch honestly. I have a feeling she didn't come by it honestly.
2. Fig. to inherit something—such as a character trait-from one's parents. I know I'm mean. I came by it honestly, though. She came by her kindness honestly.
See also: by, come, honestly
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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She is a freelance writer, author, blogger, child advocate and a history buff , which she says she comes by honestly. Her great grandparents were pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail.
It's an ambitious plan, but this drive is some thing Soucie comes by honestly as the son of a long-time Northern Ontario retailer.
Performing is something that Gooding comes by honestly. His father was the lead singer of the hitmaking group, The Main Ingredient.