n.1.A thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a thicket planted as a fence between any two portions of land; and also any sort of shrubbery, as evergreens, planted in a line or as a fence; particularly, such a thicket planted round a field to fence it, or in rows to separate the parts of a garden.
The roughest berry on the rudest hedge.
- Shak.
Hedge bells
(Bot.) a climbing plant related to the morning-glory (Convolvulus sepium).
Hedge bill
a long-handled billhook.
Hedge garlic
(Bot.) a plant of the genus Alliaria. See Garlic mustard, under Garlic.
Hedge hyssop
(Bot.) a bitter herb of the genus Gratiola, the leaves of which are emetic and purgative.
Hedge marriage
a secret or clandestine marriage, especially one performed by a hedge priest.
Hedge mustard
(Bot.) a plant of the genus Sisymbrium, belonging to the Mustard family.
Hedge nettle
(Bot.) an herb, or under shrub, of the genus Stachys, belonging to the Mint family. It has a nettlelike appearance, though quite harmless.
Hedge note
a - The note of a hedge bird.
b - Low, contemptible writing.
Hedge priest
a poor, illiterate priest.
- Dryden.
Hedge school
an open-air school in the shelter of a hedge, in Ireland; a school for rustics.
- Shak.
Hedge sparrow
(Zool.) a European warbler (Accentor modularis) which frequents hedges. Its color is reddish brown, and ash; the wing coverts are tipped with white. Called also chanter, hedge warbler, dunnock, and doney.
Hedge writer
an insignificant writer, or a writer of low, scurrilous stuff.
To breast up a hedge
See under Breast.
- Swift.
To hang in the hedge
to be at a standstill.
- Pepys.
v. t.1.To inclose or separate with a hedge; to fence with a thickly set line or thicket of shrubs or small trees; as, to hedge a field or garden.
[imp. & p. p. Hedged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hedging.]
2.To obstruct, as a road, with a barrier; to hinder from progress or success; - sometimes with up and out.
I will hedge up thy way with thorns.
- Hos. ii. 6.
Lollius Urbius . . . drew another wall . . . to hedge out incursions from the north.
- Milton.
3.To surround for defense; to guard; to protect; to hem (in).
4.To surround so as to prevent escape.
That is a law to hedge in the cuckoo.
- Locke.
5.To protect oneself against excessive loss in an activity by taking a countervailing action; as, to hedge an investment denominated in a foreign currency by buying or selling futures in that currency; to hedge a donation to one political party by also donating to the opposed political party.
To hedge a bet
to bet upon both sides; that is, after having bet on one side, to bet also on the other, thus guarding against loss. See hedge{5}.
v. i.1.To shelter one's self from danger, risk, duty, responsibility, etc., as if by hiding in or behind a hedge; to skulk; to slink; to shirk obligations.
2.(Betting) To reduce the risk of a wager by making a bet against the side or chance one has bet on.
3.To use reservations and qualifications in one's speech so as to avoid committing one's self to anything definite.
Noun1.hedge - a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
Synonyms: hedgerow
2.hedge - 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.hedge - an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement; "when you say `maybe' you are just hedging"
Synonyms: hedging
Verb1.hedge - 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"
2.hedge - hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge; "The animals were hedged in"
3.hedge - enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges; "hedge the property"
Synonyms: hedge in
4.hedge - minimize loss or risk; "diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks"; "hedge your bets"
To see hedges in your dream, symbolizes restrictions and obstacles that are inhibiting your progress. To dream that you are trimming a hedge, denotes your acceptance of the restrictions you are facing and are now making the best out of a negative situation.abate, about the bush, adjust to, allowance, alter, around the bush, assuage, bar, beat about, beat around, beg the question, bicker, boggle, border line, bound, boundary, boundary condition, boundary line, bourn, box in, break boundary, breakoff point, bulkhead in, cage, calculation, canniness, care, careful consideration, carefulness, caution, cautiousness, cavil, ceiling, cession, choplogic, circumscribe, circumscription, circumspection, clear the decks, compass, concession, condition, confine, consider every angle, contain, coop, copyright, corral, cutoff, cutoff point, deadline, deliberate stages, deliberateness, deliberation, delimitation, determinant, diminish, discipline, discretion, division line, dodge, draw the line, duck, end, equivocate, evade, evade the issue, exception, exemption, extenuating circumstances, extremity, fence, finish, floor, forearm, frontier, gingerliness, grain of salt, grant, guard against, guardedness, hedge about, hedging, heed, heedfulness, hem, hem and haw, hesitation, high-water mark, immure, interface, judiciousness, leave out nothing, leaven, limen, limit, limitation, limiting factor, line, line of demarcation, low-water mark, lower limit, make sure, make sure against, march, mark, mental reservation, mete, mew, mindfulness, mitigate, moderate, modification, modify, modulate, mystify, narrow, nitpick, obscure, overlook no possibility, pale, palisade, palliate, palter, parry, patent, pawkiness, pen, pick nits, picket, play safe, prepare for, prevaricate, prior consultation, provide a hedge, provide against, provide for, prudence, prudentialness, pull away, pull back, pussyfoot, put off, qualification, qualify, quibble, rail, recoil, reduce, reef down, regardfulness, register, regulate by, reservation, restrain, restrict, restriction, safeness, safety first, salvo, scant, season, set conditions, set limits, sheer off, shift, shift off, shorten sail, shrink, shuffle, shy, shy away, shy off, sidestep, slowness to act, soften, solicitude, special case, special treatment, specialize, specialness, specification, split hairs, start, starting line, starting point, step aside, stint, straiten, swerve, take measures, take precautions, take steps, target date, temper, tentativeness, tergiversate, term, terminal date, terminus, thoroughness, threshold, time allotment, uncommunicativeness, unprecipitateness, upper limit, waiver, wall, ward off, weasel
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