punch above one's weight
To achieve or perform at a higher level than would be expected based on ones preparation, attributes, rank, or past accomplishments, or to attempt to do so.

Irelands current commissioner, Charlie McCreevy, is such a high-profile and outspoken figure who punches above his weight in Brussels in the important role of internal market commissioner.

Ant: underachieve, punch below ones weight

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