to work in opposition.
to work in opposition to; hinder or frustrate.
- counter-worker, noun
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How to use counterwork in a sentence
Sloth and superstition equally counterwork providence, and render the bounty of heaven of no effect.The History of Emily Montague | Frances Brooke
The cardinal's disappointment strongly inclined him to counterwork the amorous projects of his rival.
If the Syracusans succeeded in completing and holding this counterwork, the blockade of Syracuse would be rendered impossible.Stories from Thucydides | H. L. Havell
You are well aware how necessary it is to reconnoitre an enemy to know by what method to counterwork his stratagems.Letters of John Calvin, Volume I (of 4) | Jules Bonnet
Let it be to abjure thy malice; to counterwork this hellish stratagem; to turn from me and from my brother, this desolating rage!Wieland; or The Transformation | Charles Brockden Brown
British Dictionary definitions for counterwork
work done in opposition to other work
defensive fortifications put up against attack
- counterworker, noun
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