punch below (one's) weight

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punch below (one's) weight

1. To perform, achieve, or do something at a level that is considered to be lower than one's abilities, talents, or personal attributes. The Oscar-winning actor is truly punching below his weight in this new film, with a performance that is dull at best and downright amateurish at worst.
2. To be romantically or sexually involved with someone who is considered by others to be inferior in physical appearance, intelligence, or success. It's odd to me that someone so motivated by his career would punch below his weight with some gas station attendant like her.
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But economically, as a city, we're punching below our weight.
I am lucky to have footprints in Northern and southern Ontario where I grew up, Quebec (where I was born), the Maritimes with my roots, and the West coast where I have family This country is better than its beer ads but we are punching below our weight politically, strategically, environmentally internationally and commercially We are dining out on our bountiful resources and the historical prudence that saved our bacon through the financial meltdown.
But relative to some other cities (Manchester, Bristol, Leeds amongst them) we're punching below our weight.
Dick said: "We have been punching below our weight and it's time we addressed that.
Liverpool is supposed to be an international city, yet we have been punching below our weight for years.
He said: "In terms of commercial property development and regeneration, we've been punching below our weight for years, but this is a fantastic opportunity for a step change in the area's fortunes.