coun·​ter·​shot | \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌshät How to pronounce countershot (audio) \
variants: or counter-shot
plural countershots or counter-shots

Definition of countershot

1 : a shot taken in response to another : a return shot Swanson was able to land countershots much of the bout and scored on numerous combinations to pull out the victory.— Eddie Daniels
2 : a cinematic shot taken from the perspective of someone or something that was the subject of the previous shot The recruits are planted all around the lush forest setting's multiple levels, occupying high ground and low, so that the simple act of shooting Yoren's knifepoint confrontation with the City Watch reveals more and more of them with each shot and countershot.— Sean T. Collins The camera shifts position, tracking both vectors of the gaze in a smooth and familiar sequence of shot and countershot that allows viewers to be in two places at once …— A. O. Scott

First Known Use of countershot

1874, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Countershot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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