\ 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



Definition of heist (Entry 2 of 2)

: armed robbery : holdup also : theft

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Synonyms for heist

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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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 McGrady and Lakers executive Jerry West, who heisted Bryant from the Hornets during the 1996 NBA Draft, checked in via video. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "How did the media report Kobe Bryant’s death? With confusion and misinformation, to start," 28 Jan. 2020 And two, how does one go about heisting the world’s largest land animal? Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 Houston bank branches have been hit with a steady beat of armored truck heists in recent years that involve brazen attacks on couriers. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "Armored car employee shot to death in heist in Forest Pines," 24 Oct. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The audacious heist reportedly injured two people and left banknotes strewn across the ground in the city of Criciúma. Saphora Smith, NBC News, "Gunmen stage brazen bank heist, leaving Brazilian city locked down," 1 Dec. 2020 Boudin's parents were part of the radical left-wing Weather Underground who served as getaway drivers during a botched 1981 heist in New York that left two officers and a third person dead. Fox News, "In a first for San Francisco, police officer who shot Keita O’Neil charged in killing," 24 Nov. 2020 Unlike the still-mysterious Kenwood House heist, the Russborough House operation is incredibly well documented. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Heiress Who Stole a Vermeer, Witchcraft in Post-WWII Germany and Other New Books to Read," 5 Nov. 2020 On the other side of the sun, an interplanetary heist is afoot. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Seeks to Grab a Piece of Asteroid Bennu," 16 Oct. 2020 Taylor hasn’t solved the case of the lawn sign heist just yet. Matt Levin, SFChronicle.com, "Californians leave for Texas in numbers, making politically red state closer to purple," 10 Oct. 2020 But the Thunder front office isn’t dumb, and the Suns weren’t going to pull off a DeAndre Hopkins-type heist in getting Paul. Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic, "Hail Murray? Chris Paul? Phoenix sports fans deserve some good news for a change," 17 Nov. 2020 Only here, her Clyde is gone; he’s been shot in the aftermath of their last heist, and Allison is all alone, wounded. Jocelyn Noveck, Detroit Free Press, "Margot Robbie’s glamour cuts through the dust in ‘Dreamland’," 13 Nov. 2020 This 2011 comedy heist movie, about a group of average workers who decide to steal their retirement funds back from the billionaire who stole them in a Ponzi scheme, includes a scene during the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "28 Non-Corny Thanksgiving Movies to Cue Up This Year," 10 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of heist


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1930, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heist


variant of hoist entry 1

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The first known use of heist was in 1865

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“Heist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heist. Accessed 5 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of heist

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

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