Punch above your weight 挑戰重量級,超常發揮

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Neil 正在追一個女孩。菲菲認為 Neil 成功的希望不大,但是 Neil 說:「I punch above my weight」。這是什麼意思?「重拳出擊」 和 Neil 交女朋友之間有什麼聯繫?聽對話,學習實用表達 「punch above one’s weight」。

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Feifei
So Neil…

Neil
Yes, Feifei?

Feifei
大家都想知道,剛才和你一起吃午飯的漂亮姑娘是誰?

Neil
Ah, she’s… just a friend. A new friend. Err, a very nice, new friend.

Feifei
Ooh, you really like her!

Neil
Well, she’s lovely, yes. 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 in this Authentic Real English. It means to achieve beyond what’s expected of you.

Feifei
這個源於拳擊運動的表達 「to punch above your weight」 的本意是 「能和高於自己重量級別的對手較量」。現在,我們用它來描述一個小國家的實力堪比大國,一個小公司可以叫板大巨頭;或者一個人能做超越自己能力範圍的事情。上面,Neil 說自己女朋友各方面條件都比他的好,所以我們可以說:「Neil is punching above his weight.」。

Neil
Hey, Feifei. That was a bit harsh. Anyway, let’s hear these examples.

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
這裡是 BBC英語教學的 「地道英語」 節目。在這集節目中,我們給大家分享的表達是 「to 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! 你這可是真正的對抗高重量級選手,挑戰預期。

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!

Neil
Ha!

Both
Bye.