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hedge
  • noun
    A fence or boundary formed by closely growing bushes or shrubs. (a privet hedge)
    A way of protecting oneself against financial loss or other adverse circumstances. (index-linked gilts are a useful hedge against inflation)
    A word or phrase used to avoid overprecise commitment, for example etc., often, or sometimes. (People believe that directness is rude and use a variety of euphemisms and hedges to avoid it.)
    verb
    Surround with a hedge. (a garden hedged with yew)
    Limit or qualify (something) by conditions or exceptions. (they hedged their story about with provisos)
    Protect oneself against loss on (a bet or investment) by making balancing or compensating transactions. (the company hedged its investment position on the futures market)

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