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two strikes against you

Meaning 1
The batter has only one more strike before he is out
Sentence 1
He hit a home run into left field with two strikes against him.
Meaning 2
to have one more chance
Sentence 2
He had two strikes against him when he interviewed for the job. He had been in prison and had never had a job.

Derivation

The word "strike" probably is derived from the English game cricket. A batter in cricket is a "striker."