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hedge

noun [C]  /hedʒ/ us  

hedge noun [C] (BUSHES)

a line of bushes or small trees planted close together, esp. along the edge of a yard or road

hedge noun [C] (PROTECTION)

a means of protection, control, or limitation: She invested in foreign companies as a hedge against inflation.

hedge

verb [I/T]  /hedʒ/ us  

hedge verb [I/T] (LIMIT)

to limit something severely: [T] Congressmen were warned against hedging their support for the missile program. To hedge is also to try to avoid giving an answer or taking any action: [I] Officials continued to hedge on exactly when the program would begin.
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