Definition of three strikes in English:
noun[usually as modifier] US
Legislation providing that an offender’s third felony is punishable by life imprisonment or another severe sentence.
- The Supreme Court will rule on the three strikes law this term.
- Most states with three strikes legislation confine it to serious violent crime.
- That makes him eligible for life in prison under California's three strikes law and the prosecutor in the case is asking the judge to impose that life sentence.
1990s: from the phrase three strikes and you're out (with allusion to baseball).
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