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.
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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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This season we've all been guilty of mistaking Arsenal for a team with the consistency to punch their weight against the top four.
It has taken too long for Lens, who regularly attract over 25,000 fans, to punch their weight in the second tier but manager Antoine Kombouare - a former head coach at Paris St-Germain - is doing an excellent job and can lead them to another important victory.
RAWTHORPE Amateur Boxing Club chief Mark Reynolds is helping pupils of a lunchtime club at Almondbury High School & Language College punch their weight.
The Brakes boss believes there are not too many problems as regards the skill content within his squad but feels it's time they began to punch their weight and not be brushed aside when it comes to the physical practicalities of nonleague football.
When pupils finished admiring his medal, the 6ft 8in super-heavyweight discovered the students could also punch their weight with tough questions ranging from his future plans to the size of his feet.
Leicester, the bookmakers' second favourites for promotion after dropping down from the Championship last season, are under pressure from supporters to punch their weight in football's third tier and improve a poor home record in recent years.
But it is in the knockout competition that the Dons have failed to punch their weight, a situation they can start to put right at the end of this month when they meet Dundee United in the CIS semi-final.
However, Crouch is adamant his side can begin to punch their weight, reinforced by recovering from the blows which threatened to flatten them.
The future ability of the Dragons to punch their weight among the best teams in the Europe has been called into doubt for some time because of a lack of investment in playing resources.
Boxers are aiming to punch their weight as ballet dancers.
But even here he's inconsistent, with both Pink Moon and Black Eyed Dog failing to punch their weight and Magic too vaudeville for its own good.
Newcastle enforcer Paul Ferone has signed up for another season, with coach Rob Wilson keen that the Vipers punch their weight when facing Elite League opposition.
Nick Johnson, corporate finance advisory partner at Deloitte in Birmingham and adviser to Rutland on the deal, said: 'This is yet more evidence that Birmingham advisers can punch their weight in even the most complex of deals and also a sign that there are quality sizeable deals still to be had.
However, assistant coach Alec Bryson said: "We have not become a poor team overnight and one thing is certain - our boys, though on the small side, will punch their weight.
AJAX have failed to punch their weight in recent Champions League campaigns but they can take a giant step towards qualifying for this season's last 16 by beating Lyon at the Amsterdam ArenA.