Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A stub retained by the issuer of a receipt or other document as a record of a transaction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun That part of a tally formerly struck in the English Exchequer which was kept by an officer in that court, the other, called the stock, being delivered to the person who had lent the king money on the account. Also called counterstock.
  • noun A part of a document, such as a bank-check or draft, which is retained by the person givingthe document, and on which is written a memorandum of the main particulars contained in the principal document; a stub.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun engraving That part of a tally, formerly in the exchequer, which was kept by an officer in that court, the other, called the stock, being delivered to the person who had lent the king money on the account; -- called also counterstock.
  • noun The part of a writing (as the stub of a bank check) in which are noted the main particulars contained in the corresponding part, which has been issued.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the part of a cheque that is retained in the chequebook as a record; a stub

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the part of a check that is retained as a record

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

counter- +‎ foil

Examples

  • The key "Swiftboater" John O'Neill had first been used as a 'counterfoil' to John Kerry by Richard Nixon.

    Dave Johnson and James Boyce: Barack Obama: Don't Be Our Neville Chamberlain

  • The key "Swiftboater" John O'Neill had first been used as a 'counterfoil' to John Kerry by Richard Nixon.

    Barack Obama: Don't Be Our Neville Chamberlain

  • On his return from Vietnam O'Neill was tapped by the Nixon Administration to act, in the words of Chuck Colson, as a "counterfoil" to Kerry's Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

    Freezerbox Magazine

  • John O'Neill had first been used as a 'counterfoil' to John Kerry by Richard Nixon. running an operation to jam Democratic Party phones during the 2002 election in New Hampshire? robocalls in Virginia.

    Seeing the Forest

  • On his return from Vietnam O'Neill was tapped by the Nixon Administration to act, in the words of Chuck Colson, as a "counterfoil" to Kerry's Vietnam Veterans Against the War.

    Freezerbox Magazine

  • These included establishing diplomatic relations with China and developing it as a counterfoil to Soviet influence; breaking Egypt loose from the Soviet sphere; supporting Soviet dissidents and helping to greatly increase the emigration of Russian Jews; and accelerating the development of advanced weaponry such as cruise missiles and precision bombs, where the United States held a huge technological advantage over the Soviets.

    The Good Fight

  • These included establishing diplomatic relations with China and developing it as a counterfoil to Soviet influence; breaking Egypt loose from the Soviet sphere; supporting Soviet dissidents and helping to greatly increase the emigration of Russian Jews; and accelerating the development of advanced weaponry such as cruise missiles and precision bombs, where the United States held a huge technological advantage over the Soviets.

    The Good Fight

  • These included establishing diplomatic relations with China and developing it as a counterfoil to Soviet influence; breaking Egypt loose from the Soviet sphere; supporting Soviet dissidents and helping to greatly increase the emigration of Russian Jews; and accelerating the development of advanced weaponry such as cruise missiles and precision bombs, where the United States held a huge technological advantage over the Soviets.

    The Good Fight

  • I admire him for his innovative magic systems as well as his ability to constantly give readers a different story from his previous books & since this book is like a counterfoil to the story told in Elantris, comparison will be inevitable.

    “Warbreaker” by Brandon Sanderson (Reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

  • Davey Campbell acts as a violent counterfoil to Gerry as they continue to head towards a confrontation of which the outcome is unclear.

    “The Ghosts of Belfast” by Stuart Neville (Reviewed by Mihir Wanchoo)

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