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hedge one's bets

Definition of hedge one's bets in English:

Avoid committing oneself when faced with a difficult choice.
Example sentences
  • And they hedge their bets by avoiding specific predictions for how long it will take to colonize this or that planet, or to travel to this or that star.
  • How then can one avoid this risk and hedge one's bets?
  • But to hedge your bets, you bet the other way as well.
Synonyms
prevaricate, equivocate, vacillate, quibble, hesitate, stall, dodge the issue, be noncommittal, be evasive, be vague, beat around the bush, pussyfoot around, mince one's words;
hem and haw
informal sit on the fence, duck the question
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