counterblow

noun coun·ter·blow \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈblō \
variants: or counter-blow

Definition of counterblow

plural counterblows or counter-blows
: 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

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