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1‘houses concealed behind high hedges’
hedgerow, row of bushes, fence
windbreak, barrier, barricade, boundary
2‘he sees the new fund as an excellent hedge against a fall in sterling’
safeguard, protection, shield, screen, guard, buffer, cushion
cover, insurance, security, provision, insurance cover
3‘his analysis is full of hedges like ‘probably’ and ‘perhaps’’
equivocation, evasion, fudge, quibble, qualification, qualifying expression
temporizing, uncertainty, prevarication, vagueness
1‘the fields were hedged with hawthorn’
surround, enclose, encircle, circle, ring, border, edge, bound
literary gird, girdle, engird
2‘she was hedged in by her imperfect education’
confine, restrict, limit, hinder, obstruct, impede, constrain, trap
hem in, shut in, close, keep within bounds
3‘he hedged at every new question’
prevaricate, equivocate, vacillate, quibble, hesitate, stall, evade the issue, dodge the issue, fudge the issue, sidestep the issue, be non-committal, be evasive, be indecisive, be vague, hedge one's bets, beat about the bush, parry questions, pussyfoot around, mince one's words, shilly-shally
British hum and haw
informal sit on the fence, duck the question
British informal waffle, flannel
come to the point
4‘the company hedged its investment position on the futures market’
safeguard, protect, shield, guard, cushion, cover, insure, take out insurance, take out insurance cover
expose to risk
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