Hedge

Definition of Hedge

n.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.
The roughest berry on the rudest hedge.
- Shak.
Hedge bells
(Bot.) a climbing plant related to the morning-glory (Convolvulus sepium).
Hedge bill
a long-handled billhook.
Hedge garlic
(Bot.) a plant of the genus Alliaria. See Garlic mustard, under Garlic.
Hedge hyssop
(Bot.) a bitter herb of the genus Gratiola, the leaves of which are emetic and purgative.
Hedge marriage
a secret or clandestine marriage, especially one performed by a hedge priest.
Hedge mustard
(Bot.) a plant of the genus Sisymbrium, belonging to the Mustard family.
Hedge nettle
(Bot.) an herb, or under shrub, of the genus Stachys, belonging to the Mint family. It has a nettlelike appearance, though quite harmless.
Hedge note
a - The note of a hedge bird.
b - Low, contemptible writing.
Hedge priest
a poor, illiterate priest.
- Dryden.
Hedge school
an open-air school in the shelter of a hedge, in Ireland; a school for rustics.
- Shak.
Hedge sparrow
(Zool.) a European warbler (Accentor modularis) which frequents hedges. Its color is reddish brown, and ash; the wing coverts are tipped with white. Called also chanter, hedge warbler, dunnock, and doney.
Hedge writer
an insignificant writer, or a writer of low, scurrilous stuff.
To breast up a hedge
See under Breast.
- Swift.
To hang in the hedge
to be at a standstill.
- Pepys.
v. t.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.
[imp. & p. p. Hedged ; p. pr. & vb. n. Hedging.]
2.To obstruct, as a road, with a barrier; to hinder from progress or success; - sometimes with up and out.
I will hedge up thy way with thorns.
- Hos. ii. 6.
Lollius Urbius . . . drew another wall . . . to hedge out incursions from the north.
- Milton.
3.To surround for defense; to guard; to protect; to hem (in).
4.To surround so as to prevent escape.
That is a law to hedge in the cuckoo.
- Locke.
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}.
v. i.1.To shelter one's self from danger, risk, duty, responsibility, etc., as if by hiding in or behind a hedge; to skulk; to slink; to shirk obligations.
2.(Betting) To reduce the risk of a wager by making a bet against the side or chance one has bet on.
3.To use reservations and qualifications in one's speech so as to avoid committing one's self to anything definite.

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