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!
See also: above, punch, weight

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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Since then they have failed to punch above their weight and although they defeated France in 90 minutes in 2009's infamous World Cup play-off in Paris the French equalised in extra time and FIFA recorded the match as a draw.
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.
But despite evidence of their ability to punch above their weight, Vale have been written off as 8-1 shots to beat Fulham.
CRAIG LEVEIN believes his Dundee United squad is stronger than ever - but admits they will still have to punch above their weight to finish third this season.
The latest figures show that Welsh companies are continuing to punch above their weight in the competitive global environment.
In addition to what the article referred to as "the big Unix vendors and EMC," the list included only two companies, one being Spinnaker, that may "manage to punch above their weight, (and) change the status quo in the industry.
Because being seen with her made you the envy of every male who wishes they were able to punch above their weight (and height).
Not only does it provide you with a readymade network of contacts, the pooling of resources allows the partners to punch above their weight in terms of marketing presence.
A TEAM of police officers will aim to punch above their weight in a charity boxathon.
NIALL QUINN insisted last night his Sunderland side aren't trying to punch above their weight in the transfer market.
But I do not agree that Plaid Cymru punch above their weight in Westminster.
There are clubs who punch above their weight and are significant in the division.
With Greece having shown underdogs can punch above their weight by beating Portugal, Emsis called on coach Aleksandrs Starkov (left) to inspire his men to follow suit.