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Countermine  n.  
(Mil.) An underground gallery excavated to intercept and destroy the mining of an enemy.
A stratagem or plot by which another sratagem or project is defeated. "Thinking himself contemned, knowing no countermine against contempt but terror."

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"Countermine" Quotes from Famous Books

... proceeded in the bank some distance, which we understood by their aking the water muddy with the clay; and we immediately proceeded to disappoint their design, by cutting a trench across their subterranean passage. The enemy, discovering our countermine by the clay we threw out of the fort, desisted from that stratagem; and experience now fully convincing them that neither their power nor policy could effect their purpose, on the 20th day of August they raised the siege ...
— Life & Times of Col. Daniel Boone • Cecil B. Harley

... turn there's the same damned curiosity about Aaron Burr and New Orleans and Mexico and the Washita lands! Moreover, when a man's as quiet as Mr. Jefferson is just now, I suspect that man. Best to get quite out of reach of a countermine. You've gone too far not to go a ...
— Lewis Rand • Mary Johnston

... this unhappy land; but it seemeth as though our purposes were to be for ever crossed. Towards Knowsley, now, it doth appear that we must proceed, our haven and hiding-place; these rogues having got wind that we did not intend to pass by thither, we must countermine the enemy, or rather double ...
— Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2) • John Roby

... struck a spade deeper than he knew into his first countermine, for Kitty had none of those delicate scruples about the means of obtaining information which might have embarrassed a diplomatist of ...
— The Guardian Angel • Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

... arquebuses on swivels, loaded to their muzzles with slugs of iron. And almost at the same moment as the rain of death mowed down the onrushing horde, a great explosion shook the earth outside, and the fragments of a hundred bodies blown from the sabat by our countermine filled the air. Then indeed did our men-at-arms, footmen and horsemen, sally forth to pursue with sword and spear their scattered and dismayed enemies, sending scores to their deaths and the survivors scampering to their dens ...
— Tales of Destiny • Edmund Mitchell

Words linked to "Countermine" :   undermine, armed services, subvert, armed forces, military machine, mine, sabotage, derail, disobey, war machine, military, countermeasure, counteract, weaken

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