A hedge is a living fence made of closely planted bushes, which, as they grow and get trimmed and shaped, form a wall of green.

Hedge can also be used as a verb. If someone asks you a question and you hedge, you're avoiding a straight answer. If you're not sure what your boss's political views are, you can hedge by not revealing yours. If you hedge your bets, you're trying to minimize risk or loss — that is, you're trying to cover yourself no matter what happens.

Definitions of hedge
  1. noun
    a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes
    synonyms: hedgerow
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    privet hedge
    hedge of privet plants
    shelterbelt, windbreak
    hedge or fence of trees designed to lessen the force of the wind and reduce erosion
    type of:
    fence, fencing
    a barrier that serves to enclose an area
  2. verb
    enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges
    hedge the property”
    synonyms: hedge in
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    type of:
    close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
    surround completely
  3. verb
    hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge
    “The animals were hedged in”
    hedge in
    enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges
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    type of:
    hem in
    surround in a restrictive manner
  4. noun
    any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change
    synonyms: hedging
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    type of:
    protection, security
    defense against financial failure; financial independence
  5. verb
    minimize loss or risk
    “diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks”
    hedge your bets”
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    type of:
    minimise, minimize
    make small or insignificant
  6. noun
    an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement
    “when you say `maybe' you are just hedging
    synonyms: hedging
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    type of:
    equivocation, evasion
    a statement that is not literally false but that cleverly avoids an unpleasant truth
  7. verb
    avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues)
    synonyms: circumvent, dodge, duck, elude, evade, fudge, parry, put off, sidestep, skirt
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    beg, beg the question
    dodge, avoid answering, or take for granted
    evade the truth of a point or question by raising irrelevant objections
    type of:
    stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
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