Hedge

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Definition

to hedge (the issue): to avoid, to evade (the issue)
verb
During the presidential debate, both candidates hedged questions about global warming. They avoided some and refused to answer others.

a hedge (against inflation): protection (against inflation)
noun
As a hedge against potential losses, I sold all my technology stocks. I did it to protect myself against losing my money.

Another meaning:

a hedge a line of bushes or small trees planted close together

Pronunciation examples
UK: Please don't hedge the issue, young man.
US: You'd better hedge your bets in the future.
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Examples

  • "I'm not one to hedge the issue, so I will simply come out and say it: several of you have abused our copier and as a direct result of your abuse, brought it to an untimely end."

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