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hedge against something

to do something to lessen the risk of something happening; to bet against something bad happening. I want to hedge against something going wrong in the stock market, so I have bonds in my portfolio, too. We will hedge against any risk we can detect.
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A hedge between keeps friendship green.

Prov. Your friendship will flourish if you and your friend respect each other's privacy. Lynne and I are the best of friends, but we often like to spend time apart. A hedge between keeps friendship green.
See also: friendship, green, hedge, keep

hedge one's bets

Fig. to reduce one's loss on a bet or on an investment by counterbalancing the loss in some way. Bob bet Ann that the plane would be late. He usually hedges his bets. This time he called the airline and asked about the plane before he made the bet. John bought some stock and then bet Mary that the stock would go down in value in one year. He has hedged his bets perfectly. If the stock goes up, he sells it, pays off Mary, and still makes a profit. If it goes down, he reduces his loss by winning the bet he made with Mary.
See also: bet, hedge

hedge someone in

Fig. to restrict someone. (See also hedge someone or something in.) Our decision hedged in the children so they could not have any flexibility. She hedged herself in by her own behavior.
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hedge someone or something in

to enclose someone or something in a hedge. (See also hedge someone in.) Their overgrown yard has almost hedged us in. Their bushes hedged in our yard.
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hedge something against something

Fig. to protect investments against a decline in value by making counterbalancing bets or investments. The investor hedged his portfolio against a drop in stock prices by buying some bonds. I have to hedge my bets against losing.
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hedge your bets

to protect yourself against making the wrong choice Forecasters were hedging their bets about the storm, saying that it could bring lots of snow, or it could head away from us.
See also: bet, hedge

hedge your bets

to try to avoid giving an opinion or choosing only one thing, so that whatever happens in the future you will not have problems or seem stupid (sometimes + on ) Journalists are hedging their bets on the likely outcome of the election. I decided to hedge my bets by buying shares in several different companies.
See also: bet, hedge

hedge one's bets

Lessen one's chance of loss by counterbalancing it with other bets, investments, or the like. For example, I'm hedging my bets by putting some of my money in bonds in case there's another drop in the stock market . This term transfers hedge, in the sense of "a barrier," to a means of protection against loss. [Second half of 1600s]
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We then correct for the potential bias by eliminating the "other" hedgers from the hedging and non-hedging samples and re-run the tests.
Mr Williams said, "Professor Hedger used to be at Aberystwyth University and it's there that we met.
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Doug Hedger was promoted from Assistant Vice President to Vice President and moves to the Auburn Branch from his position as Branch Manager of the Fife Branch.
TASTY: Novel Foods MD David Williams and Professor John Hedger, who heard of the grain while carry out research in Equador and helped develop Quinova, at the launch of the new product
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The whole back four looked very strong again, Niall Askins returning and being well supported by Chris Woods, Charlie Paterson and the impressive Alex Hall, well protecting Jay Hedger in goal.
PETER HEDGER, the trainer of Wanchai Whisper, one of three horses Andrew Heffernan is accused of stopping at Lingfield last year, was standing by the jockey yesterday, insisting he had "no qualms" about his riding of the mare.
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Hedger to the newly created position of Executive Vice President.
HAVING seen one photo-finish go against him at Lingfield, Peter Hedger was a mightily relieved man after Franco Is My Name was called out before Dubai Crest when the result of the tight finish to the 1m2f handicap was announced.