hedge one's bets

Definition of hedge one's bets

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

hedgeplay
  1. :  a fence or boundary formed by a dense row of shrubs or low trees

    :  barrier, limit

    :  a means of protection or defense (as against financial loss)

  1. :  to enclose or protect with or as if with a dense row of shrubs or low trees :  to enclose or protect with or as if with a hedge (see 1hedge 1a) :  encircle

    :  to confine so as to prevent freedom of movement or action :  to obstruct with or as if with a barrier :  hinder

    :  to protect oneself from losing or failing by a counterbalancing action

  1. :  of, relating to, or designed for a hedge (see 1hedge)

    :  born, living, or made alongside or as if alongside a dense row of shrubs or low trees :  born, living, or made near or as if near hedges (see 1hedge 1a) :  roadside

    :  inferior

betplay bets
  1. :  something that is laid, staked, or pledged typically between two parties on the outcome of a contest or a contingent issue :  wager

    :  the act of giving such a pledge

    :  something to wager on

  1. :  to stake on the outcome of an issue or the performance of a contestant

    :  to maintain with or as if with a bet

    :  to make a bet with

  1. : between


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