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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That he wants me to see the kind of company he will be in (Because he's still smarting from the punching above his weight comment) or he is trying to communicate that he doesn't have the money right now because of this commitment.
LEWIS HAMILTON admits he must start punching above his weight if he is to win the championship.
Paula said: "My sister Marie, who I work with in the salon, encouraged me to enter because she has heard Stephen's friends saying he was punching above his weight with me.
PUNCHING ABOVE HIS WEIGHT Alex Card and, top left, Becky Gladstone, Heather Carroll, Alex Card and John Bond
All credit to Me Other Buddy for getting to the final as he has been punching above his weight. The local grader appears to have plenty of his plate considering he has yet to dip under the 29-second barrier.
One senior source said: "He is punching above his weight. We need someone who is going to get stuck in and take on Tony Blair."
TV star Maia Dunphy yesterday lashed out at online bullies who said husband Johnny Vegas was "punching above his weight".
PUNCHING above his weight Australian muscleman Goliath is the world's smallest strongman and can lift full-grown humans above his head.
Rafael Nadal suggested Tsonga is punching above his weight. I beg to Djiffer and rate the Frenchman money in the bank at 5-2.
NATHAN ELLINGTON is not overweight, just bigbearded, and will soon be punching above his weight on the field insists Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd.