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Definition of 'hedge'


  1. a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
       Synonyms: hedgerow
  2. any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change
       Synonyms: hedging
  3. an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement; "when you say `maybe' you are just hedging"
       Synonyms: hedging


  1. avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues); "He dodged the issue"; "she skirted the problem"; "They tend to evade their responsibilities"; "he evaded the questions skillfully"
       Synonyms: fudge evade put off circumvent parry elude skirt dodge duck sidestep
  2. hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge; "The animals were hedged in"
  3. enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges; "hedge the property"
       Synonyms: hedge in
  4. minimize loss or risk; "diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks"; "hedge your bets"

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