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!
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punch above your weight

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If a person, organization or place punches above their weight, they have more influence or power than people would expect them to have. The small Florida city of Tallahassee has always considered itself to punch above its weight when it comes to sport. Villa have punched above their weight all season and it will be a remarkable achievement if they finish fifth.
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punch above your weight

engage in an activity or contest perceived as being beyond your capacity or abilities.
This is a metaphor from boxing, in which contests are arranged between opponents of nearly equal weight.
1998 Spectator Post-imperial Britain retains an imperial habit of mind…we entertain…an ambition to ‘punch above our weight’.
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punch above/below your ˈweight

do an activity that might be considered above/below your abilities: Scotland is punching above its weight in research output.
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However, just one in five women think they are punching above their weight.
They had appointed a brilliant manager in Ronald Koeman and although seventh may have been the finish of a side punching above their weight, few in the inner circle shared the concerns aired by outsiders.
Having earned the plaudits for punching above their weight under boss Stuart McCall, the Steelmen have become victims of their own success as the pressure mounts over their pedestrian start this term.
Higher skills levels are needed from those entering apprenticeships if companies are to continue punching above their weight.
He had Everton punching above their weight for a long time and with the amount of money available he did a fantastic job so I had no doubt he was going to continue it.
Rovers' new boss was in danger of having his bid to keep the Yorkshire outfit punching above their weight in the second tier of English football undermined by a lack of funds.
Summary: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini believes Bolton are punching above their weight.
They punch above their weight every year and I think that's how you judge managers and chairmen and clubs, whether they are punching above their weight or whether they are under achieving.
Gunners waifs punching above their weight Live football Sky Sports 2, 4pm THE build-up to today's Premier League clash between Chelsea and Arsenal has been dominated by analysis of the two teams' respective physiques, writes James Milton.
JIMMY MARTIN is backing Huddersfield Irish Centre to carry on punching above their weight in the FA Carlsberg Sunday Cup.
He has had no money to spend and Blackpool are certainly punching above their weight and are unbeaten in seven matches.
According to Money, Walsall are punching above their weight.
Wigan may not have played with the gay abandon of last season, but they are still punching above their weight when it comes to fan base and history.
Honda and Volkswagen have clearly gelled with the teen psyche and are punching above their weight in the market, but others, such as the down-to-earth domestic brands, may be trying too hard or not trying hard enough," said Andy Turton, President of NFO Automotive.
IAIN VIGURS hit back at the critics who claim Motherwell's dismal start to this season is proof the Fir Park side have been punching above their weight in recent campaigns.