punch (one's) weight

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punch (one's) weight

To perform as successfully or be as influential as one has the ability or potential to do. A reference to weight classes in boxing. Their squad had been dominating the league in recent weeks, but they failed to punch their weight on Saturday night. There have been talks of reorganizing the way city councils are represented so that each region is better able to punch their weight when deciding budgetary issues. She may be new to the scene, but she's well able to punch her weight alongside industry veterans.
See also: punch, weight

punch your weight

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
If someone punches their weight, they have as much influence or power as you would expect them to have. Some feel that the North will never be able to punch its weight against the wealthy and populous South-East, unless a greater northern region is formed.
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SILVINIACO CONTI can punch his weight in the Charlie Hall Chase (3.15, CH4) at Wetherby today.
But the former Sunderland favourite says the Black Cats striker must begin to "punch his weight" on a consistent basis, and prove himself over an "extended period of time".
"He's not 18 any more, he's a big boy, so he has to punch his weight.
Rovers went for physique rather finesse for this but the on-loan attacker did not punch his weight.
True, Jason Pierce (AKA J SPaceman), did punch his weight without the musical entourage that used to pack the Spiritualized stage ten years ago.
When not swapping blows or recipes with the Hollywood A-list, Tsarouchas works as a stand-up and, if a recent show at Edinburgh's Stand Comedy Club is anything to go by then he can punch his weight behind the mic.
Byline: DAVID PRENTICE: RING RUSTY - BUT HOPING TO PUNCH HIS WEIGHT
``I've worked with him for just two and a half weeks now and he can punch his weight. He sees the picture and he is a great free-kick taker and I think he should be in the England team.
GIANT Sammy Ameobi is under orders to punch his weight and finally deliver for Newcastle.
Sometimes he does not punch his weight and he is a confidence player, but he has done it for us today.
But over the next fortnight in a city that spawned Mike Tyson and John McEnroe, he is determined to prove he can also punch his weight when it comes to being a tennis streetfighter.
He can punch his weight in midfield and the likes of Stephen McPhail and Eirik Baake are a little lightweight."
Manager Frank Maloney, who will wear his famous Union Jack suit when he accompanies Lewis, said: "Kevin Keegan is a manager who likes to punch his weight. Lennox will give him all the backing he needs."