To deliver a return attack or make a return attack against.(verb-transitive)
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Use "counterattack" in a sentence
"Mr. Feingold's counterattack is fierce and personal in ways that past campaigns of his weren't."
"Regardless of other issues that a nuclear conflict short of a massive exchange would cause (such as damage to the nation's electronic infrastructure from electromagnetic pulses from the blasts to even a small amount of nuclear soot being shoved into the atmosphere, and the concordant drop in global temperatures, etc.), no minor nuclear power could destroy the United States without a massive, nation-ending counterattack from the Americans."
"China, which defeated England on Friday 2-0, had a few shots in counterattack, but spent much of the game defending."