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.
I had mine in my pocket, and I got my chance by retreating from the counter with all visible reluctance.
She tossed her head and raked the coins off the counter with greedy fingers.
Miss Lucilla Harris inquired, briskly and ingratiatingly, tapping the counter with both hands.
Products abused as inhalants should be put behind the counter with the buying age set at 18, because their effects can be equally as deadly, said McCarty.
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.
But, if you go over the counter with those drugs, they (Wellpoint) pay zero,'' he said.
Photo: Marco Greco brings his heartwarming, autobiographical one-man show about growing up as the son of a deli owner, ``Behind the Counter With Mussolini,'' to the Tamarind Theatre in Hollywood.