counter with

counter with (something)

1. To respond to something with something or in a particular way. A noun or pronoun can be used between "counter" and "with." Amanda can always counter a joke with a witty retort of her own. I was annoyed by that comment, so I countered with a scowl.
2. To refute someone or something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "counter" and "with." When the suspect countered with an alibi, we had to release him.
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counter someone or something with something

to refute someone or something with something. She countered our evidence with an eyewitness. I countered Nancy with a better argument.
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counter with something

to say something in refutation of something; to strike back with something. Aren't you going to counter with an argument? He countered with a punch in the jaw.
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References in classic literature ?
Willy the saloon keeper's wife stood by the counter with a basket on her arm.
He addressed the envelope on the counter with the German name of a certain person living in Vienna.
The rupee posted a 30-paisa gain on the buying counter and a 40-paisa gain on the selling counter with dollar changing hands at Rs112.
Players take turns to write one of the digits from 1 to 9 (or place a counter with that digit) in any empty square on the board.