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 don't know where she's coming from, but as I have said, I have done those things that have to be done...
We can totally see where she's coming from, but if you could cure an alcoholic by shouting at him, the disease would have died out long ago.
So I know where she's coming from. I've been in a similar situation myself when Ray came into Shane's and Jake's lives and the first two years were hard as we all got used to it.
"Her view is, 'What's the point of getting her glad-rags on if the chances of being recognised on her own soil are slim to none?" Well we'd never turn down a chance to get our glad rags on but we see where she's coming from. And now it's up to us lot to save the day," the source added.
"I understand where she's coming from although it's a decision only she can make.
But if she's adamantly anti-DKNY, drop the subject and appreciate where she's coming from. When push comes to shove, she's the one with the charge card--and she's the one who's in charge!
And I for one can understand exactly where she's coming from.
With no pretense to detailed expertise on any of these subjects (the research for this book consisted mainly of selective secondary reading plus interviews, many of them with liberal crime analysts), Kaminer shows admirable frankness about where she's coming from. (She confesses, for example, that she's never been a fan of the death penalty and isn't going to start now.) She thinks out loud, writes with a refreshing, show-me attitude, and offers several keen insights.