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.
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It goes without saying that sometimes countries have unrealistic expectations of themselves, by either being over confident or by punching below their weight, begging the question as to whether Kenya was ambitious enough at independence, and whether the country had its priorities right from the beginning.Tellingly, and as if to borrow wholesale from his father's independence blueprint, on assuming his second term of office, President Kenyatta consolidated his legacy projects into the Big Four.
Walcott believes Arsenal are punching below their weight, though.
These are flawed clubs punching below their weight. The Magpies are serving Mike Ashley's purpose - working as a high-profile advertising vehicle for Sports Direct, whilst "wiping their nose" financially - but to just about everyone else they are a dysfunctional institution.
These are flawed clubs punching below their weight. The Magpies are serving Mike Ashley's purpose -- working as a high-profile advertising vehicle for Sports Direct, whilst "wiping their nose" financially -- but to just about everyone else they are a dysfunctional institution.
Cardiff may languish down the table, but that's only because they are punching below their weight and the sum of the parts did not work under Solskjaer.
Anderson has a good vibe about the future under McInnes and is confident the Dons are finally ready to stop punching below their weight.
BEDWORTH United are still punching below their weight in the Zamaretto Division One Cenral and that's a major disappointment for manager Bernie Cope as he believes he has a playing squad that should be pushing towards the top six and not slipping down on the fringes of the bottom half-dozen.
These companies are also increasingly positioning themselves as investment, joint venture or employment propositions to a global audience, yet, the annual reports of many of these emerging corporate superstars are punching below their weight, according to Smart Media chairman Dr Vijith Kannangara.
As he points out - without naming specific clubs - there are many punching below their weight.
"It's a club with massive potential but at the moment they are punching below their weight.
The Robins have a habit of punching below their weight in the third tier - and this season has been no different.
England are still punching below their weight but the fact is they have better players and probably would have won our qualifying group had they been in it.
Renaissance says in its latest note on African banks that Equity and KCB subsidiaries in other countries such as Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Congo DRC are also punching below their weight in return on assets.
SO Michael Gove thinks Labour MPs are punching below their weight does he?