two strikes against

Strong factors opposing, as in There are two strikes against her possibility of a promotion. This term comes from baseball, where a batter is allowed three strikes at a fairly pitched ball before being called out; thus, a batter with two strikes has but one more chance to hit a fair ball. The figurative use dates from the early 1900s.

Nearby words

  1. two pair,
  2. two rivers,
  3. two shakes of a lamb's tail,
  4. two sicilies,
  5. two solitudes,
  6. two strings to one's bow,
  7. two thousand guineas,
  8. two ways about it,
  9. two wrongs do not make a right,
  10. two wrongs don't make a right

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