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.
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.
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.