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Hedge vs. Fence

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Hedgenoun

A thicket of bushes or other shrubbery, especially one planted as a fence between two portions of land, or to separate the parts of a garden.

‘He trims the hedge once a week.’;

Fencenoun

A thin artificial barrier that separates two pieces of land or a house perimeter.

Hedgenoun

A barrier (often consisting of a line of persons or objects) to protect someone or something from harm.

Fencenoun

Someone who hides or buys and sells stolen goods, a criminal middleman for transactions of stolen goods.

Hedgenoun

A mound of earth, stone- or turf-faced, often topped with bushes, used as a fence between any two portions of land.

Fencenoun

The place whence such a middleman operates.

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Hedgenoun

(pragmatics) A non-committal or intentionally ambiguous statement.

‘weasel word’;

Fencenoun

Skill in oral debate.

Hedgenoun

(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.’; ‘A hedge is an investment position intended to offset potential losses/gains that may be incurred by a companion investment. In simple language, a hedge is used to reduce any substantial losses/gains suffered by an individual or an organization.’;

Fencenoun

The art or practice of fencing.

Hedgenoun

Used attributively, with figurative indication of a person's upbringing, or professional activities, taking place by the side of the road; third-rate.

Fencenoun

A guard or guide on machinery.

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Hedgeverb

(transitive) To enclose with a hedge or hedges.

‘to hedge a field or garden’;

Fencenoun

(figuratively) A barrier, for example an emotional barrier.

Hedgeverb

(transitive) To obstruct or surround.

Fencenoun

A memory barrier.

Hedgeverb

To offset the risk associated with.

Fenceverb

(transitive) To enclose, contain or separate by building fence.

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Hedgeverb

(ambitransitive) To avoid verbal commitment.

‘He carefully hedged his statements with weasel words.’;

Fenceverb

(transitive) To defend or guard.

Hedgeverb

(intransitive) To construct or repair a hedge.

Fenceverb

(transitive) To engage in the selling or buying of stolen goods.

Hedgeverb

To reduce one's exposure to risk.

Fenceverb

To engage in the sport of fencing.

Hedgenoun

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.’; ‘Through the verdant mazeOf sweetbrier hedges I pursue my walk.’;

Fenceverb

To jump over a fence.

Hedgeverb

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.

Fencenoun

That which fends off attack or danger; a defense; a protection; a cover; security; shield.

‘Let us be backed with God and with the seas,Which he hath given for fence impregnable.’; ‘A fence betwixt us and the victor's wrath.’;

Hedgeverb

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.’; ‘Lollius Urbius . . . drew another wall . . . to hedge out incursions from the north.’;

Fencenoun

An inclosure about a field or other space, or about any object; especially, an inclosing structure of wood, iron, or other material, intended to prevent intrusion from without or straying from within.

‘Leaps o'er the fence with ease into the fold.’;

Hedgeverb

To surround for defense; to guard; to protect; to hem (in).

Fencenoun

A projection on the bolt, which passes through the tumbler gates in locking and unlocking.

Hedgeverb

To surround so as to prevent escape.

‘That is a law to hedge in the cuckoo.’;

Fencenoun

Self-defense by the use of the sword; the art and practice of fencing and sword play; hence, skill in debate and repartee. See Fencing.

‘Enjoy your dear wit, and gay rhetoric,That hath so well been taught her dazzing fence.’; ‘Of dauntless courage and consummate skill in fence.’;

Hedgeverb

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.

Fencenoun

A receiver of stolen goods, or a place where they are received.

Hedgeverb

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.

‘I myself sometimes, leaving the fear of God on the left hand and hiding mine honor in my necessity, am fain to shuffle, to hedge and to lurch.’;

Fenceverb

To fend off danger from; to give security to; to protect; to guard.

‘To fence my ear against thy sorceries.’;

Hedgeverb

To reduce the risk of a wager by making a bet against the side or chance one has bet on.

Fenceverb

To inclose with a fence or other protection; to secure by an inclosure.

‘O thou wall! . . . dive in the earth,And fence not Athens.’; ‘A sheepcote fenced about with olive trees.’;

Hedgeverb

To use reservations and qualifications in one's speech so as to avoid committing one's self to anything definite.

‘The Heroic Stanzas read much more like an elaborate attempt to hedge between the parties than . . . to gain favor from the Roundheads.’;

Fenceverb

To make a defense; to guard one's self of anything, as against an attack; to give protection or security, as by a fence.

‘Vice is the more stubborn as well as the more dangerous evil, and therefore, in the first place, to be fenced against.’;

Hedgenoun

a fence formed by a row of closely planted shrubs or bushes

Fenceverb

To practice the art of attack and defense with the sword or with the foil, esp. with the smallsword, using the point only.

‘He will fence with his own shadow.’;

Hedgenoun

any technique designed to reduce or eliminate financial risk; for example, taking two positions that will offset each other if prices change

Fenceverb

Hence, to fight or dispute in the manner of fencers, that is, by thrusting, guarding, parrying, etc.

‘They fence and push, and, pushing, loudly roar;Their dewlaps and their sides are bat ed in gore.’; ‘As when a billow, blown against,Falls back, the voice with which I fencedA little ceased, but recommenced.’;

Hedgenoun

an intentionally noncommittal or ambiguous statement;

‘when you say `maybe' you are just hedging’;

Fencenoun

a barrier that serves to enclose an area

Hedgeverb

avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues);

‘He dodged the issue’; ‘she skirted the problem’; ‘They tend to evade their responsibilities’; ‘he evaded the questions skillfully’;

Fencenoun

a dealer in stolen property

Hedgeverb

hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge;

‘The animals were hedged in’;

Fenceverb

enclose with a fence;

‘we fenced in our yard’;

Hedgeverb

enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges;

‘hedge the property’;

Fenceverb

receive stolen goods

Hedgeverb

minimize loss or risk;

‘diversify your financial portfolio to hedge price risks’; ‘hedge your bets’;

Fenceverb

fight with fencing swords

Hedge

A hedge or hedgerow is a line of closely spaced shrubs and sometimes trees, planted and trained to form a barrier or to mark the boundary of an area, such as between neighbouring properties. Hedges used to separate a road from adjoining fields or one field from another, and of sufficient age to incorporate larger trees, are known as hedgerows.

Fenceverb

surround with a wall in order to fortify

Fenceverb

have an argument about something

Fence

A fence is a structure that encloses an area, typically outdoors, and is usually constructed from posts that are connected by boards, wire, rails or netting. A fence differs from a wall in not having a solid foundation along its whole length.Alternatives to fencing include a ditch (sometimes filled with water, forming a moat).

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