punch your weight

punch (one's) weight

To be as influential or perform as successively as one has the ability or potential to do. 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.
See also: punch, weight

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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Oliver had a big weekend when Punch your Weight won the Irish Cambridgeshire a shade under three weeks after a winning debut in a maiden at Cork, and First Cornerstone captured Group 2 honours in the Futurity Stakes.
ANDY OLIVER'S Punch Your Weight claimed a surprise win at 16/1 in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Irish Cambridgeshire at the Curragh yesterday.
Despite his inexperience, Punch Your Weight showed himself to be a horse with a real future as he continued a red-hot run of form for Chris Hayes.
Punch Your Weight looked to be struggling passing halfway, but when he got into the clear he finished out his race with some purpose.
Punch Your Weight is trying the trip for the first time, Jembatt for the second time, Winning Impact for the fifth time and Along Came Casey, who has won over 1m1f, for the fourth time.
Andrew Oliver, trainer of Punch Your Weight "Although he was green when winning first time out on his only run, he proved he handles this ground and looked as if he would get the mile too.