hedging

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hedging

insuring against making a loss whilst holding stocks of a commodity. Usually achieved by taking an opposite position on the futures market.
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I was about three months hedging in the first piece; and, till I had done it, I tethered the three kids in the best part of it, and used them to feed as near me as possible, to make them familiar; and very often I would go and carry them some ears of barley, or a handful of rice, and feed them out of my hand; so that after my enclosure was finished and I let them loose, they would follow me up and down, bleating after me for a handful of corn.
I suppose there must be a sort of divinity hedging in a captain's wife(however incredible) which prevented him applying to her that contemptuous definition in the secret of his thoughts.