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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Levein said: "For us to punch above our weight, if we can't afford to buy good players, then the only other way is to produce our own.
The UK has certainly punched above its' weight in the Olympics, and, as the EU will find, we will punch above our weight in everything else post Brexit.
"We should celebrate our ability to punch above our weight. Belonging to the EU helps us do this."
"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.
We (Kiwis) consistantly "punch above our weight" on the world stage in most sports.
We've always been able to punch above our weight and put in more than our fair share.
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.
SCOTLAND manager Craig Levein is optimistic his improving side can "punch above our weight" in World Cup qualifying Group A.
"I want us to punch above our weight. In the last two seasons we've maybe been one place above.
His claim that Wales needs the Joe Calzaghe spirit in order to punch above our weight is misleading.
Imaginative schemes like this are what Scotland needs if we are to continue to punch above our weight, and have the high-skill jobs in this country on which our future prosperity depends.