punch (one's) weight

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punch (one's) weight

To perform as successfully or be as influential as one has the ability or potential to do. A reference to weight classes in boxing. Their squad had been dominating the league in recent weeks, but they failed to punch their weight on Saturday night. There have been talks of reorganizing the way city councils are represented so that each region is better able to punch their weight when deciding budgetary issues. She may be new to the scene, but she's well able to punch her weight alongside industry veterans.
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punch your weight

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
If someone punches their weight, they have as much influence or power as you would expect them to have. Some feel that the North will never be able to punch its weight against the wealthy and populous South-East, unless a greater northern region is formed.
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We want to move to a new approach, get a new management team, and it's our commitment to say in future tournaments in every game, every match, every half we will punch our weight, go to tournaments as contenders and get over this brittleness," he said.
If we want to be a real city and not a fragmented backwater we need to be imaginative and punch our weight.
Newly-promoted Dons had the busier keeper in David Martin, who said: "We just want to punch our weight and we will give anyone a game on our day.
With Lord Triesman and several of his political buddies at the helm we were struggling to punch our weight on the international stage.
Today, not only do we earn national recognition for our work, we also punch our weight in international circles.
But we have to punch our weight from the start of next season and not just at the tail end.
At the moment we don't punch our weight as regards international students.
We must be more effective at presenting a united front if we are to punch our weight in the world.
If we are to punch our weight in economic terms then we have to address that and address it quickly.
If we are to punch our weight in economic terms, then we have to address that and address it quickly.
It will also help us punch our weight in the league and give us the opportunity to generate more income, provide better facilities for players and a better experience for supporters.
We are trying to punch our weight," said the Mayor.
He added: ``The London office being launched in Aprilwill give us an opportunity to fight our corner, punch our weight, be part of the debate and lobby in the corridors of power.
At long last we are starting to punch our weight in the North West.