countersniper

noun
coun·​ter·​snip·​er | \ ˌkau̇n-tər-ˈsnī-pər How to pronounce countersniper (audio) \
variants: or counter-sniper
plural countersnipers or counter-snipers

Definition of countersniper

: a sniper employed to target and attack enemy snipers He had been a countersniper for the security details assigned to protect Hamid Karzai in Afghanistan and Paul Bremer, the former American proconsul, in Iraq.— Tom Junod

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1942, in the meaning defined above

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