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counterblow

[koun-ter-bloh]
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noun
  1. a blow given in return or retaliation, as in boxing.
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Origin of counterblow

First recorded in 1625–35; counter- + blow1
Also called counterpunch.
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Historical Examples

  • It now became necessary for the older body to deal a counterblow.

    Richard Wagner His Life and His Dramas

    W. J. Henderson

  • The French retaliated with a counterblow that drove the enemy back (p. 293) in disorder.

  • The orders were to carry the city at all costs, a counterblow to compensate the Germans for their failure to capture Compigne.

  • Counterblow had followed blow, swift as the clash of rapiers in a duel of fencers.

  • In the counterblow the edge of Cheever's cuff caught on Dyckman's knuckles and ripped the skin.