counter-attack

counterattack

[n. koun-ter-uh-tak; v. koun-ter-uh-tak, koun-ter-uh-tak]
noun
1.
an attack made as an offset or reply to another attack.
2.
Military. an attack by a ground combat unit to drive back an enemy attack.
verb (used with object)
3.
to make a counterattack against.
verb (used without object)
4.
to deliver a counterattack.

Origin:
1915–20; counter- + attack

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counterattack (ˈkaʊntərəˌtæk)
 
n
1.  an attack in response to an attack
 
vb
2.  to make a counterattack (against)

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counterattack
also counter-attack, 1882 (n.), from counter- + attack; as two words from early 19c. The verb is recorded from 1916.
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