• Thorn hedge
    Thorn hedge
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v hedge minimize loss or risk "diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks","hedge your bets"
    • v 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"
    • v hedge enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges "hedge the property"
    • v hedge hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge "The animals were hedged in"
    • n hedge a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
    • n hedge an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement "when you say `maybe' you are just hedging"
    • n hedge any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Hedge 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.Hedge, when used adjectively or in composition, often means rustic outlandish illiterate poor, or mean; as, hedge priest; hedgeborn, etc. "The roughest berry on the rudest hedge .""Through the verdant maze
      Of sweetbrier hedges I pursue my walk."
    • Hedge 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.
    • Hedge 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.""Lollius Urbius . . . drew another wall . . . to hedge out incursions from the north."
    • Hedge 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.
    • Hedge (Betting) To reduce the risk of a wager by making a bet against the side or chance one has bet on.
    • Hedge 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. "I myself sometimes, leaving the fear of God on the left hand and hiding mine honor in my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge and to lurch."
    • Hedge To surround for defense; to guard; to protect; to hem (in). "England, hedged in with the main."
    • Hedge To surround so as to prevent escape. "That is a law to hedge in the cuckoo."
    • Hedge To use reservations and qualifications in one's speech so as to avoid committing one's self to anything definite. "The Heroic Stanzas read much more like an elaborate attempt to hedge between the parties than . . . to gain favor from the Roundheads."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n hedge A barrier or fence formed by bushes or small trees growing close together, such as thorn-bushes or beeches, and sometimes by woven twigs or wattling; also, a closely planted row of any kind of shrubbery, as evergreens, whether intended as a fence or not. See hedge-plant. The hedge is the prevalent kind of fence in England, but is comparatively rare in the United States. Hedges, especially roadside hedges, are often used by vagabonds as places of shelter or resort; hence hedge is often used in composition to denote something mean, low, rustic: as, a hedge-priest; a hedge-school.
    • n hedge A structure made to lead fish into channels across which nets are spread.
    • hedge To inclose or fence with a hedge; separate by a hedge: as, to hedge a field or garden.
    • hedge To obstruct with a hedge or any barrier; stop or restrain by any kind of obstruction.
    • hedge To surround with something as a barrier or a border; compass about; hem in.
    • hedge In sporting, to protect by betting on both sides. See to hedge a bet, below.
    • hedge To hide as in a hedge; shift; skulk.
    • hedge In betting, to protect one's self from loss by cross-bets. See to hedge a bet, above.
    • hedge Hence To provide a means of retreat or escape; avoid committing one's self irrevocably to anything.
    • hedge To make or mend hedges.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hedge hej a thicket of bushes: a fence round a field, &c.: any means of protection
    • v.t Hedge to enclose with a hedge: to obstruct: to surround: to guard: to protect one's self from loss by betting on both sides
    • v.i Hedge to shuffle: to be shifty: to skulk
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  • Thomas Fuller
    “Though bachelors be the strongest stakes, married men are the best binders, in the hedge of the commonwealth.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “Love thy neighbor -- but don't pull down your hedge.”
  • Proverb
    “Hedges between keep friendships green.”
  • English Proverb
    English Proverb
    “Love your neighbor, yet pull not down your hedge.”


Hedge your bets - If you hedge your bets, you don't risk everything on one opportunity, but try more than one thing.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hegge, AS. hecg,; akin to haga, an inclosure, E. haw, AS. hege, hedge, E. hay,bote, D. hegge, OHG. hegga, G. hecke,. √12. See Haw a hedge


In literature:

The green lilac hedge reared all up around her like a magic wall!
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
What was he doing hidden in Trumbull's hedge?
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
Presently he was near enough to throw the rope to the hedge.
"The Island House" by F. M. Holmes
Birds fluttered nervously in the hedges, frightened at my approaching footsteps.
"A Village of Vagabonds" by F. Berkeley Smith
From the shelter of the prickly holly hedge he watched the house.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
May had come with a clear sky and a torrent of green was flowing over field, hedge, and wood.
"The Wonder" by J. D. Beresford
Towards evening some one fired a shot-gun just beyond the privet hedge.
"'Brother Bosch', an Airman's Escape from Germany" by Gerald Featherstone Knight
Roddy stared at the hedge through which the messenger had vanished, and his wandering eyes turned toward the birthday-party.
"The White Mice" by Richard Harding Davis
Hedge expressed great astonishment and concern.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
Now I've got a hedge-pig's tongue it won't speak anything but the truth.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit

In poetry:

A rush of streaming hedges,
Of jostling lights and shadows,
Of hurtling, hurrying stations,
Of racing woods and meadows.
"We Flash Across The Level" by William Ernest Henley
In the hedge the buds are new,
By our wood the violets peer-
Just like last year’s violets too,
But they have no scent this year.
"Spring In War-Time" by Edith Nesbit
What was it in the bird's song gave the water
That living, sentient look?
Lent the rare brightness to the hedge?
That sweetness shook
"Happiness" by John Freeman
And climbing, turning, and climbing
His little stair of sound,
"Content," "content," from the low hedge
The redbreast sings in a round.
"Before The Fair" by Padraic Colum
Thoo's gi'en me wonnerful jewels an' cleeas,
But as I sit in thi hall,
I'se terrible fain to be wheer winds
Whistle thro' hedge an' wall.
"Gypsy Bride" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe
Let me forget the world that is
The changing image of my thought,
Nor see in thicket and hedge and meadow
Myself, a grave perplexed shadow;
"From Wear To Thames" by John Freeman

In news:

On Asian marriage, Iran, India, patents, Rick Perry, immigration, hedge funds, ex-communist countries, Harold Pinter .
John Loftin and his daughter, Maggie, 13, live at Hedge Farm, along with horses, geese, chickens and several dogs.
Two previous cease-fire attempts failed, and both the Syrian Army and rebels have hedged their commitment to this one.
London power couple , Ron Beller, the former chief of now-collapsed hedge fund Peloton Partners, and his wife Jennifer Moses, a senior advisor to Prime Minister Gordon Brown, are quitting the City.
Josh Hedges/Getty ImagesIf the future of Strikeforce is in jeopardy, classy Scott Coker isn't letting on.
It looks like hedge-fund rock star and Intel obsession John Paulson has made another well-timed bet.
Hedge-fund manager purchases princely property.
John Paulson, the hedge-fund manager who scored billions betting against subprime mortgages in 2008, has just purchased the biggest house in the neighborhood.
Third Point, a hedge fund led by activist shareholder Daniel Loeb, filed regulatory documents late Tuesday proposing four new Yahoo board members.
In an effort to end the global economic crisis, world leaders pledged Thursday to give $1.1 trillion to the International Monetary Fund and other institutions and crack down on tax havens and hedge funds.
A Synthetic Strategy to Hedge on Real Property .
A jury has asked to listen again to wiretaps played during the largest insider trading case involving hedge funds in the U.S.
Insurance companies in the United States have been acquiring reinsurance at bargain prices the last few years, giving themselves a hedge against claims from a catastrophic event.
Hedge-Fund Firm Starts Reinsurer .
Breeden Capital Management LLC, the activist hedge fund founded by a former head of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, said Joshua Fenton resigned as director of research and trading.

In science:

Hedge automata: A formal model for XML schemata.
Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Sch¨al, On Quadratic Cost Criteria for Option Hedging, Math.
Stochastic arbitrage return and its implications for option pricing
Schweizer, Variance-Optimal Hedging in Discrete Time, Math.
Stochastic arbitrage return and its implications for option pricing
Hedging in incomplete markets with Hara utility. J.
Optimal investment with random endowments in incomplete markets
Sch¨al, On Quadratic Cost Criteria for Option Hedging, Math.
Volatility smile and stochastic arbitrage returns