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hedge

2 verb
     
hedge2 past tense and past participle hedged, present participle hedging [intransitive and transitive]
1 to avoid giving a direct answer to a question:
You're hedging again - have you got the money or haven't you?
'That depends on my partner,' she hedged.
2

hedge your bets

to reduce your chances of failure or loss by trying several different possibilities instead of one:
It's a good idea to hedge your bets by applying to more than one college.

hedge against something

phrasal verb
to try to protect yourself against possible problems, especially financial loss:
Smart managers will hedge against price increases.

be hedged in

phrasal verb
1 to be surrounded or enclosed by something:
The building was hedged in by trees.
2 if you feel hedged in by something, you feel that your freedom is restricted by it

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