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hedge

noun [C] uk   /hedʒ/ us  

hedge noun [C] (BUSHES)

B2 a line of bushes or small trees planted very close together, especially along the edge of a garden, field, or road: a privet hedge
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hedge noun [C] (PROTECTION)

a way of protecting, controlling, or limiting something: She'd made some overseas investments as a hedge against rising inflation in this country.

hedge noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

specialized language a word or phrase that makes what you say less strong

hedge

verb uk   /hedʒ/ us  
[T + adv/prep, usually passive] to limit something severely: We've got permission, but it's hedged about/around with strict conditions. [I] to try to avoid giving an answer or taking any action: Stop hedging and tell me what you really think.
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