coun·​ter·​punch | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpənch How to pronounce counterpunch (audio) \

Definition of counterpunch

: a counter in boxing also : a countering blow or attack

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Other Words from counterpunch

counterpunch intransitive verb
counterpuncher \ ˈkau̇n-​tər-​ˌpən-​chər How to pronounce counterpunch (audio) \ noun

Examples of counterpunch in a Sentence

the last, desperate counterpunch of the German armies, known as the Battle of the Bulge
Recent Examples on the Web Trailing 17 points with 13 minutes remaining, the Bucs threw a counterpunch. Ben Goessling, Star Tribune, "Super Bowl quarterbacks turn coaches' innovation into execution," 6 Feb. 2021 There was no punch-counterpunch to this game like Monday night against the Ravens. Dan Labbe, cleveland, "Browns methodically took apart Giants, look like a team ready for January -- Dan Labbe," 20 Dec. 2020 Shorter play-action drops and ‘max’ protection were an effective counterpunch, leading to quicker throws like Cousins’ 12-yard touchdown to fullback C.J. Ham. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Film: Vikings nearly fold under Jaguars pressure; blitz-happy Bucs up next," 8 Dec. 2020 And the former Illinois linebacker said man coverage is an increasingly popular counterpunch to offenses that rely on the run-pass option. Edward Lee,, "Manning up: Why playing ‘dirty’ is a compliment for Maryland’s blossoming cornerbacks," 7 Dec. 2020 The complaint has not been resolved, but Slack warned investors in September that a counterpunch from Microsoft might hurt its business. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, "Slack’s sale shows the perils of competing with Big Tech," 1 Dec. 2020 With Trump’s approval rating for his handling of the coronavirus consistently underwater since the spring, that message could prove a potent counterpunch. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Timely jobs report lifts Trump as fall campaign accelerates," 5 Sep. 2020 So far, Biden’s counterpunch at Trump has received praise from Democratic insiders and grassroots liberals. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "'Trump's America': New Biden TV ad blames president for riots," 1 Sep. 2020 Stelter takes his story back to October 1996, when Roger Ailes launched Fox News, fueled by Rupert Murdoch’s ample fortune and a burning ambition to provide a counterpunch to the liberal and centrist networks that then dominated cable news. Washington Post, "Charting Fox News’s slide from serious news outlet to ‘state media’," 25 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of counterpunch

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterpunch was in 1942

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3 Mar 2021

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“Counterpunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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