A maze of hedges.



  • 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.
  • A barrier (often consisting of a line of persons or objects) to protect someone or something from harm.
  • A mound of earth, stone- or turf-faced, often topped with bushes, used as a fence between any two portions of land.
  • A non-committal or intentionally ambiguous statement.
  • Contract or arrangement reducing one's exposure to risk (for example the risk of price movements or interest rate movements).
  • Used attributively, with figurative indication of a person's upbringing, or professional activities, taking place by the side of the road; third-rate.


  • To enclose with a hedge or hedges.
  • To obstruct or surround.
  • To offset the risk associated with.
  • To avoid verbal commitment.
  • To construct or repair a hedge.
  • To reduce one's exposure to risk.


  • From Middle English hegge, from Old English heċġ, from Proto-West Germanic *haggju, from Proto-Germanic *hagjō, from Proto-Indo-European *kagʰyóm ("enclosure"). Cognate with Dutch heg, German Hecke. quay. More at haw.
  • From Middle English heggen, from the noun (see above).

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