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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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.
If you can both understand where she's coming from, you may yet make it down the aisle.
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.
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.