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 enjoy talking with them, getting to know them, getting to know where they're coming from and trying to persuade the court in a way that's beneficial to them and so the court understands where they're coming from."<br />Criminal law was a natural fit for the Racine native, who watched lawyer shows with her mother as a little girl.<br />"I wanted to make a difference in people's lives," Moore said.
If journalists would only be transparent about who they are and where they're coming from, sccountable if they make mistakes, and fully open to other points of view, they would be more trusted and credible.
"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 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.
Getting where they're coming from will probably deflate your anger, so you'll have a better chance of expressing yourself in a way that lets them truly hear you.
Those names give a decent hint of where they're coming from, with Policechief combining musicianship with a dynamic and contemporary edge.
"They used words like `genocide.' When I was at the Justice Department, I would have said it was unfair to use such harsh words, but [behind bars] you understand where they're coming from. I know it's inflammatory, and I wish it weren't true, but if one-third of all of my generation were in prison, I would have a hard time accepting it, too."
Whatever they come away with ultimately has to do with where they're coming from. But I want to free the soul and physicality of the person.
The providers they work with "know we see their side, know the situations, and understand where they're coming from and what they're going through," says Massey.
It helps you to see where they're coming from and understand their needs."
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