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noun [countable]     counter pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a long flat surface where customers are served, for example in a store or a bank

    You buy your tickets at the counter.

    a cheese counter

  2. 4
    an action that you take in order to oppose or stop something or reduce its negative effect
  3. 5
    something that you say to reply to a criticism or argument

    a counter to unfair criticism

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patio diplomacy

high-level diplomats meeting and dining in an informal environment e.g. a party or club

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