Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

punch above your weight

punch above your weight
Meaning(s)
1) perform at a higher level than would be expected based on your ability or resources
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    • punch above your weight in a competition
  • Analysis
    The idiom 'to punch above your weight' means to try to do something that is considered above your abilities. "Fionn volunteered to head the team but we all think he is punching above his weight. He doesn't have any management experience." In a colloquial context, this phrase is often used to joke about romantic partners who are considered more successful, good looking or intelligent than the person they are dating. "That woman is too beautiful, I think you are punching above your weight Michael!" 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. Ireland is only a small country, but it tends to punch above its weight in international sporting events.
    2. John made it to the final of the competition despite taking on people far more experienced than him. He was really punching above his weight.
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. As a small company, we have always strived to punch above our weight in the automation industry.
    2. I think everyone should stick to what they know and not try to punch above their weight.
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