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[noun koun-ter-wurk; verb koun-ter-wurk, koun-ter-wurk]
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  1. work or action to oppose some other work or action.
verb (used without object)
  1. to work in opposition.
verb (used with object)
  1. to work in opposition to; hinder or frustrate.

Origin of counterwork

First recorded in 1590–1600; counter- + work
Related formscoun·ter-work·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for counter-worker


  1. work done in opposition to other work
  2. defensive fortifications put up against attack
Derived Formscounterworker, noun
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