"hedges" in the noun sense
1. hedge, hedgerow
a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
2. hedge, hedging
any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change
3. hedge, hedging
an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement
"when you say `maybe' you are just hedging"
"hedges" in the verb sense
1. hedge, fudge, evade, put off, circumvent, parry, elude, skirt, dodge, duck, sidestep
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"
hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge
"The animals were hedged in"
3. hedge, hedge in
enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges
"hedge the property"
minimize loss or risk
"diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks"
"hedge your bets"
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