counterfoil counterfoil

Definition(s):

  • (n) the part of a check that is retained as a record

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Harvardmen of every shade of opinion agreed that as dean of the Littauer School he will furnish a critical counterfoil to the Harvardman who has hitherto been the university's .
  2. Although Gandhi once may have been flirting with the Japanese, either out of unworldly wisdom or as a counterfoil to the British, the final draft of the "Quit India" resolution .
  3. In Tammany, which drew its membership from working men and enlisted veterans of the army of the Revolution, Burr saw the perfect political counterfoil to Alexander Hamilton's .

Quotes

  1. Colson told Klein that Kerry "was a thorn in our flesh. He was very articulate, a credible leader of the opposition. He forced us to create a counterfoil. We found a vet named John O'Neill and formed a group called Vietnam Veterans for a Just Peace....
    on Aug 16, 2004 By: Chuck Colson Source: WorldNetDaily

  2. "The bicameral conference committee agreed to strengthen the Bureau of Food and Drugs to serve as a counterfoil to attempts to bring in fake or substandard medicines by allowing BFAD to retain its operating income from fees and other charges so it...
    on Apr 25, 2008 By: Mar Roxas Source: Inquirer.net

Word of the Day
profusion profusion
/prə ˈfju ʒən /