[noun koun-ter-uh-tak; verb koun-ter-uh-tak, koun-ter-uh-tak]
- to make a counterattack against.
- to deliver a counterattack.
Origin of counterattack
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Examples from the Web for counterattack
Five were recovered in a bloody club fight that morning, and a counterattack might come at any moment.Green Snot and Deadly Snakes: Napoleon Chagnon’s Anthropological Battles
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It means not developing the strongest defense or counterattack.Why the Right Couldn't See the Truth
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As the debate turns to Obamacare, I decide to launch a counterattack.The Presidential Debate as Seen by a Conservative Husband and a Liberal Wife
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The interview also provoked a counterattack from the French newsweekly L'Express.DSK: the Fallout Continues
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When Hooker ordered a retreat instead of a counterattack, his generals refused to believe it.5 Great Books for Poker Fiends
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The Russians also occupied Sviniuchy and repulsed the enemy's counterattack.
The Germans, however, reconquered the position in a counterattack.
They were driven out as the result of a Russian counterattack.
Such action might be a project beyond his resources, but it was his own counterattack.Storm Over Warlock
Opportunities for counterattack should be sought at all times.Infantry Drill Regulations, United States Army, 1911
United States War Department
- an attack in response to an attack
- to make a counterattack (against)
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Word Origin and History for counterattack
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