Definition of where someone is coming from in English:

where someone is coming from

phrase

informal
  • Someone's meaning, motivation, or personality.

    ‘George doesn't know me, he doesn't know where I'm coming from’
    • ‘I know exactly where he is coming from - there's no time to pander to people's emotions.’
    • ‘I understand exactly where he is coming from.’
    • ‘Well, I can understand where he is coming from.’
    • ‘While I understand where he is coming from, I think his post actually betrays a misguided set of moral priorities across the entire political landscape.’
    • ‘You've got to understand where he is coming from.’
    • ‘And as a result, I don't think the electorate understands where it is coming from,’ he says.’
    • ‘So if you really want to argue with that, please, pick up the book - it's a good, quick read, and at least you'll know where Johnson is coming from.’
    • ‘I can readily identify with where the Judge is coming from, because with solicitors being directly involved on the day in different cases that are listed in both courts the inevitability is that problems will arise.’
    • ‘It is becoming increasingly difficult to work out where she is coming from.’
    • ‘A handful of Latino-accented films on screens recently show a decidedly mixed picture of where Hollywood is coming from and where it thinks it's going.’