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[kwik-set] /ˈkwɪkˌsɛt/
noun, Chiefly British.
a plant or cutting, especially of hawthorn, set to grow, as in a hedge.
such plants collectively.
a hedge of such plants.
formed of quickset, or of growing plants.
Origin of quickset
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English; see quick, set Unabridged
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  • Strips of garden, victoriously planted amidst stony soil, displayed plots of vegetables enclosed by quickset hedges.

  • The quickset hedges on either side were only waist high and did not shelter him.

    The Fifth Queen Ford Madox Ford
  • They illustrate the following sentence: 'The present hour I seem in a quickset hedge of embarrassments!

  • It was like falling from a quickset hedge on to a bundle of thorns.

  • If you lean on them they will let you fall, but one may rest against a Yorkshire breeze as one would on a quickset hedge.

  • That last jolt, that laid us against the quickset hedge, has done my business.

    She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith
  • A glint of bayonets made a quickset hedge along the line of churned-up earth which had been the Germans' front—line trench.

    Now It Can Be Told Philip Gibbs
  • Our gardens were at that time separated only by quickset hedges, so that it was easy to see into each others grounds.

  • As the English were the assailants, the precaution of posting the archers behind the quickset hedge would have proved unnecessary.

    The Battaile of Agincourt Michael Drayton
  • He was a short, thick man of enormous physical strength, and he sported a beard like a quickset hedge, hence his nickname.

    The Woman from Outside Hulbert Footner
British Dictionary definitions for quickset


  1. a plant or cutting, esp of hawthorn, set so as to form a hedge
  2. such plants or cuttings collectively
a hedge composed of such plants
composed of such plants
Word Origin
C15: from quick in the archaic sense live, growing + set to plant, set in the ground
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Word Origin and History for quickset

"formed of living plants," 1530s, from quick (adj.) + set (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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