Definition of counterstroke in English:



  • An attack carried out in retaliation.

    ‘the army were building up forces for a counterstroke’
    • ‘Liberals will cheer his new-found decisiveness, but it opens the way for the president to deal him a counterstroke that can all but end this election.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, General MacArthur and his staff had been planning a counterstroke.’
    • ‘So, as a counterstroke, I would suggest that the company will need to respond quickly, and it will have to go well beyond a few cases of soda!’
    • ‘True, at present the main thrust is placed mostly on engaging an enemy force advancing for a counterstroke with air strikes and long-range precision weapons.’
    • ‘The impact of modern missile defense systems on the effectiveness of the classic nuclear deterrence triad - retaliatory strike, retaliatory strike / counterstroke, and preemptive strike - is highly topical in present day conditions.’
    • ‘The challenge facing an annihilating counterstroke is not theoretical but practical: how do we accomplish it?’
    • ‘It was the Scottish counterstroke that proved to be a worse disaster even than Flodden.’
    • ‘Therefore, combat action should be prioritized to ensure favorable conditions for delivering a massive retaliatory counterstroke against the enemy, maintaining the firmness of defense at any cost.’
    • ‘To me - with only a touch of satire or irony - the analogy is to the Battle of the Bulge - a bold, but ultimately self-defeating counterstroke from a retreating army.’
    • ‘On 10 September Abercromby repulsed a counterstroke by Gen Brune on the Zijpe dyke and with reinforcements raising the force to 34,000, the Duke of York assumed command and took the offensive.’
    • ‘Now he could exercise close control over both the battle on the peninsula and preparations for an amphibious counterstroke, now planned for mid-September.’
    • ‘It was basically designed to ensure an effective holding of defensive positions by concentrating defending forces and to regain lost positions by mounting counterattacks and counterstrokes.’
    • ‘The use of rifle, machine-gun, and artillery fire combined with engineer structures, field fortifications and counterstrokes made defense impenetrable for an attacking force.’
    • ‘Right up to the Red Army entering Berlin, Hitler was plotting a counterstroke, using divisions and regiments with all the combat power of companies and platoons.’
    • ‘Following a period of tensions and preparations for war the opposing sides simultaneously open military operations by launching counterstrokes.’
    • ‘In the operational defense, in addition to fire pockets, killing grounds can be organized into which the enemy attacking force is trapped and subsequently destroyed with surprise counterstrokes from the flanks.’
    • ‘Because of the nonescalatory nature of truly limited warfare, a nation initiating a limited war needs the ‘power of isolation ‘to defend itself against an unlimited counterstroke.’’
    • ‘Placing a bet on inflicting restraining damage in the course of a retaliatory strike / counterstroke, however, involves the risk that the decision to carry it out will be made too late.’
    • ‘In particular, the massing of men and equipment along the axis of attack should proceed more covertly and only within a period that is necessary to perform specific tasks in order to avoid heavy losses from possible enemy counterstrokes.’
    • ‘Brilliant counterstroke on the part of The Blues: use the North-West as Shadow Cabinet meeting place.’
    revenge, vengeance, reprisal, retribution, requital, recrimination, getting even, redress, repayment, payback
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