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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But it is encouraging that despite our small size we're managing to punch above our weight in delivering good quality, value for money services".
President Obama may have a reputation for throwing compliments around but for such a tiny nation, we do punch above our weight.
People say we constantly punch above our weight but it doesn't feel that way because we have players who others want to pay good money for but mainly we have managed to hang on to them," said the England defender.
I have had the pleasure of working with the lads for the last year or so and I see a togetherness and a team unity which will enable us to punch above our weight.
We are a relatively small borough trying to punch above our weight.
We've always been able to punch above our weight and put in more than our fair share.
We're a small country of four million people, but we punch above our weight in everything we do.
But we'll leave no stone unturned to punch above our weight.
The six year old agency has promoted Victoria Jarratt to new business manager with a brief to start luring significant UK brands away from the competition, Nick Fairburn, director at Factor 3, says; 'We already punch above our weight, working for a number of great UK brands, including Cheltenham & Gloucester and The Hilton Group.
His claim that Wales needs the Joe Calzaghe spirit in order to punch above our weight is misleading.