coun·​ter·​punch ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌpənch How to pronounce counterpunch (audio)
: a counter in boxing
also : a countering blow or attack
counterpunch intransitive verb
counterpuncher 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 Depicting problems at the border as an invasion, and using that to justify a military counterpunch, angers Mexicans. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 31 Aug. 2023 And along those lines, not even a tag team of your martial arts friends will deter the European Union from its relentless counterpunches to your business operations. Steven Levy, WIRED, 14 July 2023 Brown has quietly rushed for 2,000 yards while serving as a counterpunch to both Spencer Brown and DeWayne McBride and leads a diverse UAB backfield into the 2023 season under first-year head coach Trent Dilfer. Evan Dudley, al, 7 July 2023 So far, Democrats have produced a weaker counterpunch, said Dean Baker, the co-founder of the Center for Economic and Policy Research. Alexandra Hutzler, ABC News, 6 July 2023 The best way to deliver a counterpunch against the Axis was from the air. Ron Grossman, Chicago Tribune, 7 May 2023 Taking Gonzalez would constitute a very good first step, as his rare blend of size (6-1, 197 pounds), speed and fluidity for the position would help Las Vegas with its counterpunches for Patrick Mahomes and Justin Herbert. 8. Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2023 The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas represents Humphrey's counterpunch in a legal battle that so far this year has pitted the chief against two of his three assistant chiefs, as well as several other officers within his department. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 1 Oct. 2020 The public expected a counterpunch. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 2 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1942, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of counterpunch was in 1942

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“Counterpunch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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