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Hedge, vb. 1) to enclose, to fence: “such divinity doth h. a king,” Hml. IV, 5, 123. “England, --d in with the main,” John II, 26.
2) to confine, to restrain, to limit: “if my father had not scanted me and --d me by his wit,” Merch. II, 1, 18. “you forget yourself, to h. me in,” Caes. IV, 3, 30 (to limit my authority).
3) to creep along by the hedge, not to take the direct path: “if you give way, or h. aside from the direct forthright,” Troil. III, 3, 158 (Q turn). Hence == to shift, to shuffle: “am fain to shuffle, to h. and to lurch,” Wiv. II, 2, 26. “how he coasts and --s his own way,” H8 III, 2, 39. “this shall not h. us out: we'll hear you sing,” Troil. III, 1, 65 (by this you shall not elude us).
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