counterpuncher

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counterpunch +‎ -er

Noun[edit]

counterpuncher (plural counterpunchers)

  1. (tennis) A player who returns every ball and relies on the opponent making mistakes
    • 2008 January 21, Christopher Clarey, “Even in Singles, Williams Sisters Are Double Trouble”, New York Times:
      Serena will play the third-seeded Jankovic, the counterpuncher who looked vulnerable after digging too deeply into her physical reserves last season [] .
  2. (boxing) A boxer who commonly counterpunches.

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