American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A countering attack or blow, especially one delivered by a boxer.
- v. To deliver a counterpunch.
- n. A punch delivered in return of a previous punch by somebody else, such as an opponent in a boxing match.
- v. boxing To deliver a punch designed to exploit an opponent's momentary defensive weakness caused by a punch thrown by the opponent.
- v. To deliver a competitive response to an opponent designed to exploit a weakness created by the opponent's offensive efforts.
- n. a return punch (especially by a boxer)
- counter- + punch (Wiktionary)
“As I look at what happened this week, I've always believed in politics that the counterpunch is more effective than the punch.”
“The website counterpunch is a little far left for my taste.”
“| Reply | Permalink why do you have a handwring-fest every time Obama hits back at the Clintons, but are silent when Clinton disparages Obama? of course this was meant to draw attention to the comments themselves as much as the messenger, a retired General supporting Obama. of course the counterpunch was a bit over the top, but that's to get it (and thus the original comment) recognition, and it certainly isn't more over the top than either the original statement or any of a half dozen Clinton/Clintonista comments over the past few days.”
“Osama Obama's "counterpunch" will be a farrago of "ummms" and outright lies.”
“Conservatives have a different cultural habit, a kind of counterpunch to progressives (somewhat less so to libertarians): ‘you think you’re so smart, but you’re not.’”
“Arguably, this white identity politics helped swing the 2000 and 2004 elections, serving as the powerful counterpunch to urban white liberals, and the McCain-Palin campaign relied on it almost to the point of absurdity (as when a McCain surrogate dismissed Northern Virginia as somehow not part of “the real Virginia”) as a bulwark against the threatening multiculturalism of Barack Obama.”
“But the GOP can easily counterpunch, noting the leading role that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two government-sponsored enterprises, had in bringing about the financial crisis.”
“Loomis Corp. tried to buy out DHL early on, threatening to drive it under using by using Loomis's contacts with federal aviation officials "We've done it before," an executive explained, but Hillblom simply ignored shut-down orders from the government until he could counterpunch.”
“She offered a counterpunch of her own in noting the ages of some of the world's finest fighters: Manny Pacquiao (32), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (34) and the Klitschkos (Wladimir, 35, and Vitali, 40).”
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