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 felt that she truly believed in education and reading and really knows where we're coming from.
We know where we're coming from as far as our contribution to health care, and we're pre pared to go along with that," Burrows says.
She understands us and knows where we're coming from.
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