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A maze of hedges.

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Noun

Singular
hedge

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  1. A thicket of bushes, usually thorn bushes; especially, such a thicket planted as a fence between any two portions of land; and also any sort of shrubbery, as evergreens, planted in a line or as a fence; particularly, such a thicket planted round a field to fence it, or in rows to separate the parts of a garden.
    He trims the hedge once a week.
  2. (finance) Contract or arrangement reducing one's exposure to risk (for example the risk of price movements or interest rate movements).
    The asset class acts as a hedge.
  3. (UK, Ireland, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) Used attributively, with figurative indication of a person's upbringing, or professional activities, taking place by the side of the road; third-rate.
    • 1899, Henry Rider Haggard, A Farmer's Year: Being His Commonplace Book for 1898[1], page 222,  
      This particular wheelwright is only a hedge carpenter, without even a shop of his own, []
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 639:
      He then traced them from place to place, till at last he found two of them drinking together, with a third person, at a hedge-tavern near Aldersgate.

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Verb

Infinitive
to hedge

Third person singular
hedg

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to hedge (third-person singular simple present hedg, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To stonewall; to avoid answering question.
    Please stop hedging and just answer my question!

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