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 counterpuncher (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 Overall Mahomes and the Chiefs blasted Oakland’s early rhythm with their second-quarter onslaught and the Raiders simply didn’t have a counterpunch. Matt Kawahara,, "Raiders’ game grades vs. Chiefs: Oakland forgot football was a four-quarter game," 15 Sep. 2019 Artavis Pierce provided a nice counterpunch to Jefferson, as the OSU senior had seven carries for 79 yards. oregonlive, "Oregon State Beavers’ lead evaporates as Hawaii rallies for narrow victory: Game at a glance," 8 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Elliott’s remaining counterpunch lies in the possibility that their run game completely stalls over that stretch, making his value evident. Conor Orr,, "Ezekiel Elliott and Jerry Jones Remain Tightly Locked in Contract Dispute," 30 Aug. 2019 This same condiment provides acidic counterpunch to a whole tilapia, offered grilled or fried, its earthy flesh easily parting from a grid of bones. Hadley Tomicki,, "Mother-daughter duo cook side-by-side at Belizean pop-up No Reservation L.A.," 12 July 2019 Ekeler is entering his third year and has established himself as an effective counterpunch to Gordon. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, "Melvin Gordon’s holdout has allowed Chargers’ Justin Jackson and Austin Ekeler more practice time," 1 Aug. 2019 Both teams kept delivering counterpunches in the final three innings of the game. Betsy Helfand, Twin Cities, "Baldelli slams ump after Twins blow three leads in 10-inning loss to Yankees," 24 July 2019 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

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First Known Use of counterpunch

1942, in the meaning defined above

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“Counterpunch.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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