→ There was a long queue at the medicine counter.
(in post office, bank)
→ I had to go to the counter to pay in the cheque.
to buy sth under the counter (illegally)
acheter qch sous le manteau, acheter qch en sous-main
to buy medicine over the counter
(=without prescription) acheter des médicaments en vente libre
(=counterweight) contrepoids m
a counter to sth un contrepoids à qch
→ The award is a useful counter to the bad publicity she previously had attracted
[+action, process] contrer
→ To counter this the police will equip themselves with tear gas
→ Omega-3 fatty acids, which help to counter heart disease
to counter sth with sth [+action] répondre à qch par qch
→ he'd blindly countered force with more force
[+words] riposter à qch par qch
→ He argued that Labour should counter this propaganda with a series of press statements.
to counter sth by doing sth (verbally)
répondre à qch en faisant qch
→ Teachers have countered criticisms by blaming the government
[+claim, statement] s'opposer à
→ they issued a statement to counter the claim by Garnier
to counter ... in reply répliquer ...
→ "What's the point?" he bleakly countered in reply.
→ I countered by enquiring whether she actually knew this man.
→ The First Minister countered with statistics of his own
adv to run counter to aller à l'encontre de → She has taken up causes which run counter to the dictates of the leadership. to be counter to être contraire à → fear that makes people act in ways that are counter to what the laws allow.
bean counter , bean-counter
pejorative comptable m
→ ... bean counters who tend to focus on controlling expenses.
n (in supermarket)
→ ... products that don't scan correctly at the checkout counter.
counter-demonstration contre-manifestation f
→ ... a counter-demonstration by anti-war protesters ...
counter-attack , counterattack
n contre-attaque f
→ The army began its counter-attack this morning.
→ The security forces counter-attacked the following day and quelled the unrest ...
→ In recent weeks, Abrams has counterattacked.
counter-culture , counterculture
(=ideas) contre-culture f
→ ... a history of British counter-culture.
(=group) contre-culture f
→ Not everyone joined the counterculture, not everyone demonstrated, dropped out, took drugs, or dodged the draft.
n contre-espionnage m
n contre-espionnage m
→ ... the FBI's department of counter-intelligence.
[head, officer, chief] du contre-espionnage
→ ... a counter-intelligence officer.
[service] de contre-espionnage
n contre-mesure f
to take counter-measures against sth prendre des contre-mesures contre qch
→ Because the threat never developed, we didn't need to take any real countermeasures.
n contre-offensive f
counter-revolution , counterrevolution (US)
→ The consequences of the counter-revolution have been extremely bloody.
→ Such actions would be regarded as counter-revolution.
counter-revolutionary , counterrevolutionary (US)
[activity, propaganda] contre-révolutionnaire
→ ... counter-revolutionary propaganda.
(=person) contre-révolutionnaire mf
n (in bank, ticket office, post office)
→ The counter staff are specially trained in how to deal with difficult customers.
counter-terrorism , counterterrorism
[official, expert, agent] de l'antiterrorisme
→ ... the chief of counter-terrorist operations.
n rayon m traiteur
→ She ordered some salami from the deli counter.
n rayon m alimentaire
n compteur m Geiger
[drugs, medicine] vendu (e) sans ordonnance, sans ordonnance
n (British) compte-tours m inv
ticket counter , ticket desk
n billetterie f