punch above your weight - definition and synonyms

phrase British
  1. 1
    a country or organization that is punching above its weight has more influence internationally than its size would suggest

    Many would consider Britain’s role in Kosovo to be a prime example of a small country punching above its weight.

  2. 2
    if you say that someone is punching above their weight, you mean that they are having a romantic relationship with someone who is a lot more attractive than they are

    My husband was informed after his work Christmas party that he is punching above his weight.

See also main entry: punch