counter, compter (n.)
[a term from hunting] taking an opposite path to the prey
2H4 I.ii.89[Falstaff to Servant] You hunt counter [i.e. you're following the wrong scent]
CE IV.ii.39[Dromio of Syracuse to Adriana, of the Officer] A hound that runs counter
Ham IV.v.112[Gertrude to all] this is counter, you false Danish dogs! [i.e. renunciation of allegiance]
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