To Hedge One's Bets
To Hedge One's Bets : Phrases
To support more than one outcome or person; to put in cross bets.
Hedge was used to imply inferiority, perhaps because hedges are low in height (i.e. hedge-priest for a poor, impecunious priest). An 1811 dictionary states: Hedge. To make a hedge; to secure a bet or wager, laid on one side, by taking odds on the other, so that, let what will happen, a certain gain is secured, or hedged in, by the persons who takes this precaution.
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