counterattack

Definitions of counterattack
1

n an attack by a defending force against an attacking enemy force in order to regain lost ground or cut off enemy advance units etc.

Synonyms:
countermove
Types:
riposte
(fencing) a counterattack made immediately after successfully parrying the opponents lunge
Type of:
attack, onrush, onset, onslaught
(military) an offensive against an enemy (using weapons)

n (chess) an attack that is intended to counter the opponent's advantage in another part of the board

Synonyms:
counterplay
Type of:
attack
an offensive move in a sport or game

v make a counterattack

Synonyms:
counterstrike
Type of:
assail, attack
launch an attack or assault on; begin hostilities or start warfare with

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