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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Example sentences
Consider the counterattack he executed this morning.
Vaccination provides a training exercise that teaches the immune system how to
  muster a swift counterattack.
Meanwhile the sub would have lost its surprise and be subject to counterattack.
So constantly being on defense and having to sort of counterattack the things
  that they say.
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