Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles Feifei: So Neil... Neil: Yes, Feifei? Feifei: Everyone's asking - who was that beautiful woman who you were at lunch with? Neil: Ah, she's a... just a friend. A new friend. Err, a very nice, new friend. Feifei: Ooh, you really like her! Neil: Well, yes. She's lovely. She's a doctor. Feifei: Neil, I just can't help thinking... she's so pretty! Neil: What are you saying, Feifei? She's too pretty for me? As you know, I punch above my weight! Feifei: You certainly do. And I'm not saying you're fat! Neil: Haha. Yes, 'to punch above your weight' is our phrase on The English We Speak. It means to achieve beyond what is expected of you. Feifei: We can use it to describe the performance or influence of companies or even countries... Or in this case - when Neil is going out with someone more attractive and successful - we say he is punching above his weight! Neil: Hey, Feifei. That was a bit harsh. Anyway, let's hear these examples. Croatia punches above its weight when it comes to football. It has a population of under 5 million, but came second in the World Cup. Even as a small business, you can punch above your weight if you focus on quality and build a strong brand. Some of the cheaper smartphones are really punching above their weight - they're a fraction of the price but have got some great features. Feifei: You're listening to The English We Speak from BBC Learning English. Our expression is 'punch above your weight'. So, Neil, how did you meet this mystery woman? Neil: Well, she's a doctor. You know I was going to boxing class earlier this year? Feifei: Yes, how's that going? Neil: Well, I stopped. I was training with someone much bigger than me, and I, err... broke my nose. Feifei: You were literally punching above your weight! Neil: Yes. And who should I meet at the hospital but this beautiful doctor! Feifei: Well, it's a good story. Shame it's not true. Neil: I know. I've never boxed in my life! Feifei: And I know you had lunch alone today. Neil: Ahh. But I hope the story helps teach this phrase! Feifei: I hope so too. Neil: Anyway, if you're not busy... fancy lunch tomorrow, Feifei? Feifei: There you go again, punching above your weight! Bye. Crowd: Ouch! That must have hurt!