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    any hedging

    Hi, What is "Hedging" here? Maybe another word for it, will help me to understand ...

    "So you will not run for president or vice president in 2008?” Russert pressed. “I will not,” Obama said. Axelrod was pleased with Obama’s answer- any hedging would have unleashed a tsunami of distracting
    speculation."

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    Re: any hedging

    Quote Originally Posted by flowersa View Post
    Hi, What is "Hedging" here? Maybe another word for it, will help me to understand ...

    "So you will not run for president or vice president in
    2008? Russert pressed. I will not, Obama said. Axelrod was pleased with Obamas answer- any hedging would have unleashed a tsunami of distracting
    speculation."
    In this context, it would mean "giving a vague answer". On this particular topic, he needed to give a clear definitive answer in order to avoid a lot of speculation.

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    Re: any hedging

    Quote Originally Posted by flowersa View Post
    Hi, What is "Hedging" here? Maybe another word for it, will help me to understand ...

    "So you will not run for president or vice president in 2008? Russert pressed. I will not, Obama said. Axelrod was pleased with Obamas answer- any hedging would have unleashed a tsunami of distracting
    speculation."
    Look at the second definition here: hedge verb - definition in British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionary Online

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    Re: any hedging

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    In this context, it would mean "giving a vague answer". On this particular topic, he needed to give a clear definitive answer in order to avoid a lot of speculation.
    Thanks Emsr2d2 I was struggling with this word

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    Re: any hedging

    When you hedge your bets, you do not bet everything on one outcome. Instead, you spread your bets around so that you have better odds of not being a total loser. (Of course, you are never a total winner either.)

    Politicians often try to hedge in their answers, to avoid making decisions so that they do not disappoint anybody and can not be accused of "flip flopping" on an issue.

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    Re: any hedging

    [not a teacher]

    I might have used "hem-hawing" in this instance, but now that I look it up, it is a stand-alone idiom, perhaps better as as "hemming and hawing".

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