• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Counter-stand opposition, resistance
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  • Fred Propp Jr.
    Fred Propp Jr.
    “Some people seem to go through life standing at the complaint counter.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. contra, against.


In literature:

The other half was a pay-counter, a newspaper stand, and an eating-house.
"Crowded Out o' Crofield" by William O. Stoddard
They also stand at the counter and are served with drinks by LUIGI.
"The 'Mind the Paint' Girl" by Arthur Pinero
They sit there getting cramp, or they stand at the counter talking to the old men.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, April 14, 1920" by Various
As the new comers came in, Waldmann, standing in front of the counter with a bottle in one hand and a glass in the other, was chaffing her.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
An elderly, good-tempered looking man was standing behind the counter.
"Lavengro The Scholar, the Gypsy, the Priest" by George Borrow
Talbot went too, and in a few minutes the four were standing at the counter with glasses in their hands.
"A Girl of the Klondike" by Victoria Cross
Sometimes she stands behind the counter serving bowls of tea, coffee, cocoa, lemonade, to thirsty men.
"Our Casualty And Other Stories" by James Owen Hannay, AKA George A. Birmingham
Herr Seelenfromm was standing at the counter, mixing some medicine in a mortar.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Or had he contented himself simply with standing behind his counter till customers should come to him?
"The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson" by Anthony Trollope
That Blunt is just fit to stand behind a counter and measure inches!
"Daisy" by Elizabeth Wetherell
An official was standing behind the counter.
"A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France" by William Duthie
King leaped back to the top of the stand to avoid the expected counter-stroke.
"Kings in Exile" by Sir Charles George Douglas Roberts
By the counter I found the wet-eyed Mowry standing.
"Red Men and White" by Owen Wister
There were a few people standing by the counter; and the jeweller, a certain Mr. Pearce, was attending to them.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
Diamonds should not be worn during business hours by men who are obliged to stand behind counters or engage in any toil.
"Social Life" by Maud C. Cooke
Wood shifted a little nearer, standing straight and alert behind his counter as if prepared to act in some sudden emergency.
"The Duke Of Chimney Butte" by G. W. Ogden
He saw the man shadowing him standing out at the counter drinking a cup of tea.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
His eyes were on the man behind the counter standing ready to serve him.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
Business meant to stand behind a counter, in shirt-sleeves, and weigh snuff.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
Close to where he was standing was a grocery store, and rushing into this he threw his valise on the counter.
"Young Auctioneers" by Edward Stratemeyer

In news:

The real gem to come out of this survey is where that pharmacist is standing when delivering that over-the-counter recommendation.
On a facing counter stands a distilling contraption, while a candy floss machine is stored underneath and everyday kitchen utensils hang from the wall.
Standing behind the counter at Greenwood's Boom Boom Pow, Mike Galardo explained that he sells only quality fireworks.
In this photo made from surveillance video and released by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Adam Mayes, 35, stands in front of the counter at a convenience store on April 30, 2012 in Union County, Miss.
Charmed Salon Spa Boutique co-owners, from left, Ashley Cason and Amy Hill stand at the front counter of their new business on the Square in Covington.
First you have to learn to pronounce it, so that years from now, when you are old and gray, standing at a counter and in need of the magical potion, it will sound right: granita, rhymes with margarita.
Linda Thill, owner of The Dog House Salon in Freeport, stands at the new Freeport business's front counter Monday.
Bret Tindall stands at a counter with Jason Koharchik at Bricko Farms Inc off Sand Bar Ferry Road in Augusta where they were inquiring about available positions.
Charmed Salon Spa Boutique co-owners, from left, Ashley Cason and Amy Hill stand at the front counter of their new business on the Square in Covington.
A pickup truck slammed into a California liquor store, hitting a clerk standing behind the counter.
John Henry stands behind the counter of his Shell gas station where he was robbed at gunpoint by a robber two days earlier, Monday, Feb 7, 2011, in White Center, Wash. By Kelli Sutterman.
The man police are seeking in Monday's robbery of the Columbia Credit Union stands at the counter, at right, as shown in a surveillance video.
While counter-protesters sought to undermine our stand for life, they could not squelch the energy and enthusiasm expressed by our under-30 compatriots, who now represent the largest contingency of pro-life activists.
This sunny little storefront with a stand-up counter that fits maybe three customers offers sandwiches and smoothie-like batidos to a mostly Spanish-speaking crowd.
You can do this exercise standing alone, holding on to a chair, or gripping your kitchen counter for support.

In science:

An optical lattice consists of periodic optical potentials formed by the standing waves resulting from two counter-propagating waves from two lasers.
Quantum random walks - an introductory overview
Model. – We consider an optical supperlattice made of an standing wave formed by two different set of counter propagating leaser beams where one frequency is twice the other.
Coherent Directed Transport of Neutral Atoms in Unmodulated Optical Lattices
The counter currently stands at 18 different instruments which are supported in Astro-WISE.
The Data Zoo in Astro-WISE
The − sign stands for co-rotation, + means counter-rotation.
Testing gravitomagnetism on the Earth
The − sign stands for co-rotation, + means counter-rotation.
Testing angular momentum effects on the space time
Finally the trigger signal is completed by the beam veto counters. A stand-alone calorimetric trigger is added to cover the high Q2 range where the scattered muon does not reach the trigger hodoscopes.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
Idiv stands for the local counter terms, one identifies IAdS,f in with the CFT effective action.
Magnetic Catalysis of Chiral Symmetry Breaking. A Holographic Prospective