punch above (one's) weight

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punch above (one's) weight

1. To perform, achieve, or do something at a level that is considered beyond one's abilities, talents, or personal attributes. The small-town mayor has been punching above her weight recently, going head-to-head with federal lawmakers over the issue of immigration reform.
2. To be romantically or sexually involved with someone who is considered by others to be superior in physical appearance, intelligence, or success. I think Janet's new boyfriend is a model or something. She's really punching above her weight!
See also: above, punch, weight
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The Olympic boxer, 26, failed to punch above his weight as he performed a paso doble to Eye Of The Tiger from the movie Rocky.
Ketchel, the middleweight champ - for some, the division's best ever - was 35 pounds lighter but really did punch above his weight when he put the great heavy down in round 12.
Trained by Dicky and managed by his monstrous mother, Micky accepts lacklustre fights for scant rewards until he is persuaded to cut himself loose from his loved ones and punch above his weight.