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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You might not have many friends, but you'll never have enemies, because people will always know where you're coming from.
And (in) this sense, I understand where you're coming from that the figure is important.
Christopher: In some ways I can see where you're coming from.
I understand where you're coming from because my niece went through something similar and people used to think she was anorexic because she was so slim.
It is important never to forget where you're coming from.
It's something you feel from the heart, and people in the audience understand where you're coming from.
I hear what you say and can understand where you're coming from but I'm unaccustomed to public writing and feel my comments are usually fair but firm.
Hopefully, she'll understand where you're coming from and will stop snooping around your e-mail.
I'm speaking of that storehouse, that warehouse that tells you where you're coming from, and likely where you're going.
That way, you wouldn't have to put your thoughts into words and people would automatically know where you're coming from.
Nicole, 13 THAT depends on whether he chooses to understand where you're coming from and respects your perspective.
If you can do that without the usual bluff and waffle then maybe, just maybe, supporters will see where you're coming from, what your gameplan is and understand how you are going to get this club back on track.
I understand where you're coming from - you've had your mum to yourself for 16 years and now this new person has come along and she has less time to devote to you.
While I can see where you're coming from, do you not think this would lead to a relationship in which neither husband nor wife can trust each other?