- a sudden assault or attack, as upon something to be seized or suppressed: a police raid on a gambling ring.
- Military. a sudden attack on the enemy, as by air or by a small land force.
- a vigorous, large-scale effort to lure away a competitor's employees, members, etc.
- Finance. a concerted attempt of speculators to force stock prices down.
- to make a raid on.
- to steal from; loot: a worry that the investment fund is being raided.
- to entice away from another: Large companies are raiding key personnel from smaller companies.
- to indulge oneself by taking from, especially in order to eat: raiding the cookie jar.
- to engage in a raid.
Origin of raid
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Examples from the Web for counter-raid
If they are poor, they will arrange a counter-raid by means of 'friendlies,' and nothing more will be heard of the affair.The River War
Winston S. Churchill
They moved off, and soon things got lively; a raid and counter-raid started.
- to make a raid against (a person, thing, etc)
- to sneak into (a place) in order to take something, steal, etcraiding the larder
Word Origin and History for counter-raid
early 15c., "mounted military expedition," Scottish and northern English form of rade "a riding, journey," from Old English rad "a riding, ride, expedition, journey; raid," (see road). The word died out by 17c., but was revived by Scott ("The Lay of the Last Minstrel," 1805), ("Rob Roy," 1818), with extended sense of "attack, foray."