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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: they hedged their bets by saying they might apply
More 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.
prevaricate, equivocate, vacillate, quibble, hesitate, stall, evade the issue, dodge the issue, fudge the issue, sidestep the issue, be non-committal, be evasive, be indecisive, be vague, hedge one's bets, beat about the bush, parry questions, pussyfoot around, mince one's words, shilly-shally;
British  hum and haw
informal sit on the fence, duck the question
British informal waffle, flannel
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