coun·​ter·​foil | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌfȯi(-ə)l How to pronounce counterfoil (audio) \

Definition of counterfoil

: a detachable stub (as on a check or ticket) usually serving as a record or receipt

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Warsaw would also become the namesake for the pro-Soviet alliance system — the Warsaw Pact — created in 1955 to become NATO’s counterfoil. Kelly M. Mcfarland, Washington Post, "As Trump leaves for Europe, a question looms: Will he really commit to NATO once and for all?," 6 July 2017

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1706, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of counterfoil

chiefly British : the part of a check, ticket, etc., that can be kept as a record when it is torn off

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miscellaneous remnants or debris

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