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counterpunch (plural counterpunches)
- A punch delivered in response to a previous punch by somebody else, such as an opponent in a boxing match.
- (printing, historical) A punch used in the cutting of other punches, often used to create the negative space in or around a glyph.
punch delivered in response to a previous punch by somebody else
- (boxing) To deliver a punch designed to exploit an opponent's momentary defensive weakness caused by a punch thrown by the opponent.
- To deliver a competitive response to an opponent designed to exploit a weakness created by the opponent's offensive efforts.
2009 January 25, Christopher Clarey, “Top-Seeded Jankovic Falls Without a Fight”, in New York Times:
- She stands just a little over 5-foot-6, but her two-handed ground strokes off both wings, inspired by the four-time Australian Open champion Monica Seles, allow her to create sharp angles and counterpunching power.