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Definition of hedge:

  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.
  2. 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.
  3. To obstruct, as a road, with a barrier; to hinder from progress or success; - sometimes with up and out.
  4. To reduce the risk of a wager by making a bet against the side or chance one has bet on.
  5. 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.
  6. To surround for defense; to guard; to protect; to hem ( in).
  7. To surround so as to prevent escape.
  8. To use reservations and qualifications in one's speech so as to avoid committing one's self to anything definite.

Synonyms:

hawthorn, roll over, obliqueness, escape, dishearten, miss, compost, thicket, euphemism, Russian olive, speculate, windbreak, barberry, drill, obstacle, bird bath, white willow, hedge in, save, pay into, box, put off, prevarication, azalea, take evasive action, encompass, enclose, camellia, ocatilla cactus, arbor, manipulate, shrubbery, turn off, hem in, rose, lilac, get at, retreat, thornbush, plow into, ring, outwit, Osage orange, feed, disconcert, wait-a-bit thorn, pussyfoot, holly, boundary, mince (your) words, dogrose, close in, hem, fence, hedge laurel, open, border, tergiversation, underwrite, encircle, weasel word, have a narrow/lucky escape, imply, hedgerow, gnome, confuse, sink, besiege, evade, set back, circumvent, table, shelve, cross-pollinate, lattice, convey, dodge, equivocate, play it safe, equivocation, cross-fertilize, elude, intimate, fount, skate over/around, falsify, enclosure, overreach, block, skirt, organ-pipe cactus, wall, forsythia, dip, environ, outsmart, hurdle, shuffle, bilk, compass, honeysuckle, put in, begird, hedging, aerate, invest, postpone, put over, surround, sidestep, Washington thorn, fudge, California privet, Japanese privet, gird, bonsai, wangle, deflect, jasmine box, juniper, espalier, yucca, hibiscus, rhododendron, Russian privet, hold over, Glastonbury thorn, bed out, defer, flurry, bushes, clear, douse, prickly pear cactus, myrtle, equivoque, bush, girdle, euphemize, cook, hedge thorn, barricade, outfox, prorogue, beleaguer, spirea, misrepresent, remit, provide against, latticework, furze, duck, gorse, seek, circle, mock privet, beat, envelop, hydrangea, fake, tergiversate, waffle, beset, parry, ambiguity, weasel, deadhead, oleander, grotto, broom, honey locust, fountain.

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