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 hear what he's doing and I feel like, without speaking to him about it, I know where he's coming from artistically and so I feel a certain kinship with him.
But he said that Bishop Tonnos is "very firm in his decision and we respect where he's coming from.
Although Duke might never have heard the phrase ``damage control'' in the wild West, we get where he's coming from.
Wright recalls that he immediately called FBI HQ to protest: "The supervisor from headquarters [said], 'Well, you have to understand where he's coming from, Bob.
He was simply answering a question, and giving American voters an idea of where he's coming from.
Where he's coming from is that famous Helmet sound, a barrage of angry chords, lifted for the chorus then slammed back into your skull: brutal, hypnotic and catchy.
The magical part is that he'll tell you where he's coming from, shake hands and make you feel good.
The ground rules he's set up on his latest idea tells you all you need to know about where he's coming from.
I've sat down and talked with (Brent) and I understand where he's coming from.