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a hedge between keeps friendship green

proverb 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.

dragged through a hedge backward(s)

slang What is said to have happened to one who looks very disheveled or unkempt. Do I look OK, or do I look like I've been dragged through a hedge backward? You need to comb your hair, because you right now look like you've been dragged through a hedge backwards.
See also: drag, hedge, through

hedge (one's) bets

To take an action in order to offset a potential future 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)

1. To take an action in order to offset a potential future loss. What can we do to hedge against possible financial losses?
2. To protect something against a potential future loss. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "hedge" and "against." What can we do to hedge our investments against possible losses?
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hedge in

1. Literally, to form a border or boundary around something with a hedge (a row of shrubs or small trees). A noun or pronoun can be used between "hedge" and "in." We hedged the garden in with thorny rose bushes to keep larger animals out.
2. To surround someone or something, especially in a manner that impedes movement or egress. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hedge" and "in"; often used in passive constructions. We came out of the museum to find that several large tour buses had hedged in our car. Police hedged the protestors in and began arresting them one by one. The small town is hedged in on all sides by mountains.
3. To limit, constrain, or restrict someone or something's freedom or ability to do something. A noun or pronoun can be used between "hedge" and "in"; typically used in passive constructions. As teenagers grow and develop their own sense of independence, it's natural for them to begin feeling hedged in by their parents. Several large companies are complaining that they are being hedged in by the new legislation.
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look as if (one) has been dragged through a hedge backward(s)

slang To look very disheveled or unkempt. Do I look OK, or do I look as if I've been dragged through a hedge backward? You need to comb your hair, because you right now look as if you had been dragged through a hedge backwards.
See also: been, drag, hedge, if, look, through

look as if (one) has been pulled through a hedge backward(s)

slang To look very disheveled or unkempt. Do I look OK, or do I look as if I've been pulled through a hedge backward? You need to comb your hair, because you right now look as if you had been pulled through a hedge backwards.
See also: been, hedge, if, look, pull, through

look like (one) has been dragged through a hedge backward(s)

slang To look very disheveled or unkempt. Do I look OK, or do I look like I've been dragged through a hedge backward? You need to comb your hair, because you right now look like you had been dragged through a hedge backwards.
See also: been, drag, hedge, like, look, through

look like (one) has been pulled through a hedge backward(s)

slang To look very disheveled or unkempt. Do I look OK, or do I look like I've been pulled through a hedge backward? You need to comb your hair, because you right now look like you had been pulled through a hedge backwards.
See also: been, hedge, like, look, pull, through
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.

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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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]
See also: bet, hedge
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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'.
See also: bet, hedge
Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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.
See also: bet, hedge
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017
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