counterblow

noun
coun·​ter·​blow | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈblō How to pronounce counterblow (audio) \
variants: or counter-blow
plural counterblows or counter-blows

Definition of counterblow

: an action taken in reprisal : a return blow : retaliation … US policy makers who could go forward in the East without much fear of a Soviet counterblow in the West.— Charles Wheeler

First Known Use of counterblow

1655, in the meaning defined above

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