heist

verb
\ ˈhīst How to pronounce heist (audio) \
heisted; heisting; heists

Definition of heist

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly dialectal : hoist
2a : to commit armed robbery on

heist

noun

Definition of heist (Entry 2 of 2)

: armed robbery : holdup also : theft

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Synonyms for heist

Synonyms: Verb

appropriate, boost [slang], filch, hook, lift, misappropriate, nick [British slang], nip, pilfer, pinch, pocket, purloin, rip off, snitch, steal, swipe, thieve

Synonyms: Noun

grab, pinch, rip-off, snatching, swiping, theft

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Examples of heist in a Sentence

Verb

a professional burglar was able to heist a box of jewelry from the safe in the closet

Noun

it was the largest jewelry heist in the city's history

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are good jokes that work and heist setpieces that don’t. Darren Franich, EW.com, "Toy Story 4 goes beyond endings, with mixed results: EW review," 13 June 2019 Sandra Bullock’s perfectly textured waves were a beautiful distraction, almost heisting the whole movie. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Why Did Sandra Bullock’s Hair Look So Good in Prison?," 19 June 2018 Garner is currently facing charges in the Lake Monroe Park heists, but the Sheriff’s Office said more charges are pending for the thefts at the Splash Pad. Jeff Weiner, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Volusia deputies nab 'bathroom brass bandit' in toilet-fixture thefts," 10 Feb. 2018 Waymo has drawn a sordid picture, contending that Levandowski heisted thousands of documents containing Google trade secrets before defecting to Uber. Michael Liedtke, The Seattle Times, "A raucous Google-Uber fight is finally heading to trial," 4 Feb. 2018 The security officer said one man provided a distraction, while his partner heisted a large-screen television. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Thieves caught stealing 50-inch television: Brooklyn Police Blotter," 1 Nov. 2017 It has been discussed and dissected from the day he was officially heisted from the University of Pittsburgh's staff last Dec. 14. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Is LSU's new offense ready for its close-up?," 29 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hall said the crime is part of a broader regional pattern of cellphone heists, including some in Marin. Gary Klien, The Mercury News, "North Bay UPS driver robbed while delivering cellphones," 13 June 2019 The criminals’ haul, estimated at around $32 million at the time, is still considered one of the biggest heists in the nation. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, "And now, a film about the other big New England heist," 7 June 2019 In 2017, Solis and Torres managed to crack one of the biggest hive heists in California history. Lucas Foglia, National Geographic, "Beekeepers hit hard by thefts of hives," 3 May 2019 Police arrested two men in that case and are searching for two others in a heist that does not appear related to the eyeglass burglary, police said. Clarence Williams, Washington Post, "High-priced eyewear attracted a laser focus from thieves," 21 June 2019 After all, who better to attempt to pull off a high-stakes heist in the action comedy caper (in theaters June 8) than a group of women who can do anything and everything. Aly Semigran, Billboard, "The Best Music Moments From Rihanna's 'Ocean's 8' Co-Stars," 7 June 2018 Structurally, the finale unfurls like a heist movie. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Billions Season 4 Finale Recap: Et Tu, Bobby?," 4 June 2019 That is to say: This airy haven is quite a far cry from the dark loft where Bullock plotted the famous Met Gala heist alongside Cate Blanchett in Ocean's 8. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Sandra Bullock Is Selling Her Georgia Beach House for $6.5 Million," 27 Mar. 2019 Fortunately, Jamie manages to sneak out of the play by causing a diversion, hitches a ride from George Washington (yes, the very one) and gets word to Murtagh via Fergus to call off the heist. Mehera Bonner, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander Just Aired One of Its Most Difficult-to-Watch Episodes," 24 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of heist

Verb

1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heist

Verb

variant of hoist entry 1

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The first known use of heist was in 1865

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heist

noun

English Language Learners Definition of heist

chiefly US, informal : an act of stealing something from a bank or store

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