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counteroffensive

[koun-ter-uh-fen-siv, koun-ter-uh-fen-] /ˌkaʊn tər əˈfɛn sɪv, ˈkaʊn tər əˌfɛn-/
noun, Military
1.
an attack by an army against an attacking enemy force.
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20; counter- + offensive
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British Dictionary definitions for counter-offensive

counteroffensive

/ˈkaʊntərəˌfɛnsɪv/
noun
1.
a series of attacks by a defending force against an attacking enemy
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