counter noun

1 long flat surface

ADJ. bar, delicatessen/deli, display, post office, reception, shop | kitchen | glass, mahogany, wooden, zinc

VERB + COUNTER serve at/behind, work at/behind Mary served behind the counter at Bacon's for a few hours a week. | wipe (down) The barman wiped down the counter in silence.

COUNTER + NOUN staff post office counter staff

PREP. across a/the~ He pushed the money across the counter to her. | at/behind a/the ~ The assistant behind the counter gave a curt nod. | on a/the ~ all the goods on the counter

2 action used to prevent sth

ADJ. effective

PREP. ~ to The government's programme should be an effective counter to unemployment.