Definition of counterblow in English:

counterblow

Syllabification: coun·ter·blow
Pronunciation: /ˈkountərˌblō
 
/

noun

  • A blow given in return.
    More example sentences
    • Generosity is so far removed from the predictable, petty, gruesome dance of blow and counterblow, that it can cause parties to stop and think.
    • These two notions cause an escalatory diplomatic blow and counterblow of name-calling and invective, as witnessed in the months before the outbreak of war in late March 2003.
    • The Soviet army inflicted considerable damage to the Army Group Center and slowed down its advance by stubbornly fighting at intermediary lines and delivering counterblows by mechanized corps and combined-arms formations.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
noun
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody