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.
See also: below, punch, weight
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We punch below our weight at present in certain key areas, so it is good that businesses acknowledge that growing revenues internationally is a necessity for the continued success of their own company and the UK's prosperity more broadly.
There's a danger we'll fragment - punch below our weight.
Mr Murphy said: "As long as we remain outside the single currency we will continue to punch below our weight in Europe.
He added: 'For as long as we remain outside the single currency, we will continue to punch below our weight in Europe.
Mr Murphy continued: "For as long as we remain outside the single currency, we will continue to punch below our weight in Europe.