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 make it a point to spent a couple of hours at various model homes listening to people and finding out who they are, where they're coming from, who they're working for and which parts of the economy are expanding.
It's really hard to keep your actors knowing where they're coming from and going to when scenes from the third movie are mixed in with the second one,'' the director notes.
It's harder with the club owners, because I see where they're coming from as far as putting their time and effort into having this club for people to have fun at, and you're coming along and maybe jeopardizing it.
It helps you to see where they're coming from and understand their needs.
Their passion is admirable, and we understand where they're coming from,'' said Mike Michaels, corporate manager for Toyota Motor Sales USA.
We understand where they're coming from,'' said Tanya Marton, a 17-year-old senior from Encino.
The Lord knows where they're coming from and we just want them to feel at home here,'' Hurd said.
He's very knowledgeable and he knows where they're coming from,'' Fritz said.
A woman who answered the door and identified herself as his sister, Kim, said she was ``a little bit angry'' at the protest, ``but I can see where they're coming from.
If you found malignant cells, it will be very nice to know where they're coming from and deal with that.
I understand where they're coming from because they're losing out on all this money.
I can see where they're coming from, now that I've spoken to them,'' Darcy said.
I have an understanding of where they're coming from, how sad a lot of them are.
The embassy has a tough job; I can understand where they're coming from,'' Scandling said.
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