counterstrike

noun coun·ter·strike \ ˈkau̇n-tər-ˌstrīk \
variants: or counter-strike

Definition of counterstrike

plural counterstrikes or counter-strikes
: a strike that retaliates against or counters earlier strike : a return strike
  • government counterstrikes against the rebel stronghold
  • … the belief on both sides that any attack would be met with an equally devastating counterstrike.
  • —W. J. Hennigan and Brian Bennett

First Known Use of counterstrike

1851

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