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1.
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.

From boxing; 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.
by JasperHarrison January 03, 2011
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2.
\pənCH əˈbəv ˈyu̇r ˈwāt\ To pull or pick up someone who's better looking than you.
tr.v.
1. To punch above your weight

(a) It's so much easier to punch above your weight in a foreign country when you have an accent.

v.b.
2. How is it that Maynzie consistently punches above his weight?
by Melbourne696969 April 20, 2013
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3.
Boxing idiom used to describe being in a situation where you're overmatched. Can be used in relation to other sports, as well as relationships.
"That fox was bound to leave you, Fat Albert. Next time, don't punch above your weight."
by gutshot74 September 21, 2011
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