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a hedge between keeps friendship green

Friendships are more likely to be successful when there is a level of space and privacy between the friends. The reason their friendship has lasted as long as it has is because they respect each other's privacy. A hedge between keeps friendship green.
See also: friendship, green, hedge, keep

hedge (one's) bets

To act to offset a potential loss. I'm not too confident that I'll get the lead in the play, so I'm hedging my bets by trying out for several roles.
See also: bet, hedge

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 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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hedge your bets

COMMON If you hedge your bets, you are careful not to commit yourself to one thing, so that you do not make a mistake whichever way the situation develops. The Rev James Reeves is hedging his bets on whether Clark is the leader the Church needs in troubled times. Political forecasters are hedging their bets about the likely outcome of this Saturday's Louisiana governor's race. Note: When bookmakers accept a large bet, they often try to protect themselves against heavy losses by laying bets with other bookmakers. This practice is called `hedging'.
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hedge your bets

try to minimize the risk of being wrong or incurring loss by pursuing two courses of action at the same time.
Hedging your financial liabilities, especially bets or speculative investments, meant limiting your potential losses by also putting money on another outcome, in such a way as to balance, more or less, any potential loss on the initial transaction. In betting terms, this specifically means putting money on more than one runner in a race.
1992 Great Lakes Fisherman All three methods have their proponents, and most anglers are wise to hedge their bets by using more than one method.
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ˌhedge your ˈbets

(informal) try to reduce the risk of losing your money, being wrong about something, etc. by choosing two or more courses of action at the same time: She’s invested her money in two quite different businesses, so she’s hedging her bets.
This idiom refers to putting money on more than one horse in a race to increase your chances of winning money.
See also: bet, hedge
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Debbie Godfrey-Phaure, CEO of Avonbourne Trust, described Mr Hedger as a "kind and generous man".
In particular, Kane encourages corporate hedgers to provide feedback on the "questions for respondents" starting on page 8 of the exposure draft.
NCDEX will continue to focus on commodities that are crucial to the Indian economy as well on increasing the participation of hedgers - those with genuine exposure to the underlying commodity such as producers, processors, industrial consumers, exporters, importers and traders.
Hedger (2012) provides several examples showing how the projection behavior of slurs differs from that of expressions with purely descriptive content, and examples such as these have already been well-discussed in prior work (Potts 2007; Hom 2008; Potts, Asudeh, Cable, Hara, McCready, Alonso-Ovalle, Bhatt, Davis, Kratzer, Roeper, & Walkow 2009; Williamson 2009; Hom 2010; McCready 2010; Croom 2011; Hom 2012; Anderson & Lepore 2013; Croom 2013a; Hay 2013; Whiting 2013).
As losses mount, hedgers get closer to the point where they must cover losses and banks require the hedgers to deposit more money as security.
Dollison, who is black, also said Hedger "frequently made derogatory racial jokes using the word 'nigger' and used similar derogatory language about other minorities," the lawsuit said.
Don Hedger would not, like John Sloan, create biting political cartoons for the leftist periodical, The Masses.
Hedger revealed that a possible switch to the hurdling game for Mission To Mars was on the back-burner.
Thus, the second hedger might be expected to adjust the degree of hedge in response to changing market conditions.
While most makers of impingement spray systems are skeptical about their applicability to gelcoating, Magnum is "confident," Hedger says.
Trainer Peter Hedger was in a bad mood when he set off for Newbury races - he had just had a row with his wife Laura.
Hedger is Yedlin Company project manager and Jim Chiego is site superintendent.
Guy Hedger, 61, was killed after his husband Simon-Pierre Hedger-Cooper pressed a panic button at their home in Castlewood, Hants.
Guy Hedger, 61, was killed in the early hours of April 30 after at least two intruders entered his PS1m home in Castlewood, Dorset.
Rouse scorched past Fraser Rogers and TT star Ian Hutchinson on lap five but was then passed by Luke Hedger and dropped to fourth.