Hedged
Hedge Hedge, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hedged}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Hedging}.] 1. To inclose or separate with a hedge; to fence with a thickly set line or thicket of shrubs or small trees; as, to hedge a field or garden. [1913 Webster]

2. To obstruct, as a road, with a barrier; to hinder from progress or success; -- sometimes with up and out. [1913 Webster]

I will hedge up thy way with thorns. --Hos. ii. 6. [1913 Webster]

Lollius Urbius . . . drew another wall . . . to hedge out incursions from the north. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To surround for defense; to guard; to protect; to hem (in). ``England, hedged in with the main.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To surround so as to prevent escape. [1913 Webster]

That is a law to hedge in the cuckoo. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

5. To protect oneself against excessive loss in an activity by taking a countervailing action; as, to hedge an investment denominated in a foreign currency by buying or selling futures in that currency; to hedge a donation to one political party by also donating to the opposed political party. [PJC]

{To hedge a bet}, to bet upon both sides; that is, after having bet on one side, to bet also on the other, thus guarding against loss. See hedge[5]. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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