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 Hec’uba.Hedge Lane (London) 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Hedge (1 syl.).
 
To hedge, in betting, is to defend oneself from loss by crossbets. As a hedge is a defence, so crossbetting is hedging. (E. Hunt: The Town, ix.)   1
        “He [Godolphin] began to think … that he had betted too deep … and that it was time to hedge.”—Macaulay: England, vol. iv. chap. xviii.
 


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