hedge one's bets


: to do things that will prevent great loss or failure if future events do not happen as one plans or hopes
They decided to hedge their bets by putting half their money in stocks and the other half in bonds.

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“Hedge one's bets.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hedge%20one%27s%20bets. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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