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

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

Bennett’s streets teem with unaffiliated scrivers, thieves, and swords-for-hire, and the novel’s final act — a heist and confrontation — sees Sancia breaking into the fantasy equivalent of a smart fortress. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Foundryside is a cyberpunk adventure wrapped in an epic fantasy novel," 23 Dec. 2018 The movie centers around a jewelry heist at the Met Gala. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Soon-to-Be Bieber! A Closer Look at Hailey Baldwin's Inner Circle and Modeling Career," 9 July 2018 To watch Debbie then frame Claude for a heist that so gloriously enriches her (and seven other women) was particularly gratifying, the karmic cherry on top of a decadently illicit sundae. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Sweet Revenge of Ocean’s 8," 12 June 2018 Ocean's 8 stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Mindy Kaling, Sarah Paulson, Awkwafina, Rihanna and Helena Bonham Carter as a gang of savvy thieves who plot a diamond heist at the Met Gala, with Anne Hathaway as an unwitting part of the plan. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ocean's 8': How the Female-Fronted Film Stole the Box-Office Crown," 11 June 2018 O’Neal, 33, had been arrested May 8 on suspicion of armed robbery after a heist at a 7-Eleven store. Gale Holland, latimes.com, "Son of Ryan O'Neal, Farrah Fawcett is charged with attempted murder," 9 June 2018 Released after five years in prison on a fraud charge, Debbie has spent her time in the clink wisely by devising a fullproof jewel heist. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Ocean's 8' has some spark and dazzle," 8 June 2018 In June of 1888, a man named Hugh McIntire was arrested for a minor heist that would become a major footnote in Boston etymology. Billy Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "Can I have a tonic? No, not that tonic," 30 May 2018 The men are currently being held in the South Placer County Jail on suspicion of a heist from the Apple Store in Roseville’s Westfield Galleria mall. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "California Apple Store robbery gang stole over $1M in goods, cops say," 28 Sep. 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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