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punch above one's weight

Definition of punch above one's weight in English:

informal Engage in an activity or contest perceived as being beyond one’s abilities: there is something about the British that makes them punch above their weight in a number of entertainment industries
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  • We might be able to give UK small businesses a huge opportunity in Europe for punching above their weight.
  • Christie's realism got him into trouble with some supporters whose expectations have grown quicker than the club when he insisted that last season Inverness had again been punching above their weight.
  • However, Straka denies suggestions that his team are punching above their weight in Europe, arguing instead that their current domestic standing does not do them justice.
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