1) To be in a situation that requires powers or abilities that one does not possess.
2) To be (temporarily) successful in such a situation.
; a fighter who is punching above his weight is fighting an opponent who is heavier and more dominant.
You're only a freshman, so take an intro class. Don't try to punch above your weight.
West Bromwich Albion are punching above their weight in the Premier League. They'll soon be back in the second division where they belong.
Jeff was punching above his weight when he was dating Liz. She's way too hot for him.
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