counterpunch

noun
coun·​ter·​punch | \ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpənch \

Definition of counterpunch 

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

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counterpunch intransitive verb
counterpuncher \ˈkau̇n-​tər-​ˌpən-​chər \ noun

Examples of counterpunch in a Sentence

the last, desperate counterpunch of the German armies, known as the Battle of the Bulge

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Organizers see the event as an early test of U.S. election security and a counterpunch to potential outside interference. Dustin Volz, WSJ, "Tensions Flare as Hackers Root Out Flaws in Voting Machines," 12 Aug. 2018 In recent years, the Premier League has proved fertile ground for teams who play on the counterpunch. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Greatness of Pep Guardiola, in a Blade of Grass," 6 Apr. 2018 Speaking of counterpunches, a new Ipsos poll gives a peek into how Canadians are viewing their nation’s new tensions with the U.S. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Trump China Tariffs, Border Separations, Elizabeth Holmes: CEO Daily for June 18, 2018," 18 June 2018 In the week ahead, investors await for China’s counterpunch. Tom Hudson, miamiherald, "Will China follow its own advice and make a ‘wise choice’?," 15 June 2018 Indeed, for many die-hard Trump fans, the president’s aggressive statements in response to the special counsel are necessary counterpunches against those who are trying to take him down. Christa Case Bryant, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why Trump fans largely shrug off president's 'authoritarian' talk," 11 June 2018 And with some 60,000 producers centered mostly in Midwestern states, Oklahoma and North Carolina, Mexico’s trade experts know the counterpunch for tariffs on aluminum and steel will hit a big part of President Donald Trump’s voting base. Lynn Brezosky, San Antonio Express-News, "D.C. ag interns on the front lines of national farm policy," 10 June 2018 The president’s outburst had been foreshadowed for days leading up to the Canada summit, with Mr. Trump and his counterparts trading sharp-edged barbs that included threats of punches and counterpunches on tariffs. New York Times, "Trump Refuses to Sign G-7 Statement and Calls Trudeau ‘Weak’," 9 June 2018 The president’s outburst had been foreshadowed for days leading up to the Canada summit, with Mr. Trump and his counterparts trading sharp-edged barbs that included threats of punches and counterpunches on tariffs. Michael D. Shear, The Seattle Times, "At G-7 summit, Trump tells allies U.S. will no longer be ‘piggy bank everybody’s robbing’," 9 June 2018

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First Known Use of counterpunch

1942, in the meaning defined above

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