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 for hedging
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Hedge \Hedge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Hedged; p. pr. & vb. n.
     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.
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     2. To obstruct, as a road, with a barrier; to hinder from
        progress or success; -- sometimes with up and out.
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              I will hedge up thy way with thorns.  --Hos. ii. 6.
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              Lollius Urbius . . . drew another wall . . . to
              hedge out incursions from the north.  --Milton.
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     3. To surround for defense; to guard; to protect; to hem
        (in). "England, hedged in with the main." --Shak.
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     4. To surround so as to prevent escape.
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              That is a law to hedge in the cuckoo. --Locke.
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     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.
     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].
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial
           risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset
           each other if prices change [syn: hedge, hedging]
      2: an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement; "when
         you say `maybe' you are just hedging" [syn: hedge,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  88 Moby Thesaurus words for "hedging":
     allowance, bickering, boggling, calculation, canniness, captious,
     captiousness, care, careful consideration, carefulness, caution,
     cautiousness, caviling, cession, chicane, chicanery, choplogic,
     circumscription, circumspection, concession, deliberate stages,
     deliberateness, deliberation, discretion, dodging, equivocation,
     equivocatory, evasion, evasive, exception, exemption,
     extenuating circumstances, fencing, gingerliness, grain of salt,
     grant, guardedness, hairsplitting, hedge, heed, heedfulness,
     hesitation, judiciousness, limitation, logic-chopping,
     mental reservation, mindfulness, modification, nit-picking,
     paltering, parrying, pawkiness, pettifoggery, petty, picayune,
     prevarication, prior consultation, prudence, prudentialness,
     pussyfooting, qualification, quibbling, regardfulness, reservation,
     restriction, safeness, safety first, salvo, shifting, shuffling,
     sidestepping, slowness to act, solicitude, special case,
     special treatment, specialness, specification, subterfuge,
     tentativeness, tergiversation, thoroughness, trichoschistic,
     trichoschistism, trifling, trivial, uncommunicativeness,
     unprecipitateness, waiver

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