Hedge

Hedge

, 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.
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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.
Shak.
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2. (Betting) To reduce the risk of a wager by making a bet against the side or chance one has bet on.
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3. To use reservations and qualifications in one's speech so as to avoid committing one's self to anything definite.
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The Heroic Stanzas read much more like an elaborate attempt to hedge between the parties than . . . to gain favor from the Roundheads.
Saintsbury.
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