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

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 Police in Dunwoody, Ga., told WSB-TV that the thieves pulled off the heist by rappelling themselves through a hole in the ceiling. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Burglars Rappel Through Best Buy Roof and Steal $100,000 in Apple Products," 20 June 2018 The men are seen on surveillance video Sugar Land police released on Thursday from the Jan. 10 heist at Hutton's Jewelry & Gifts. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Sugar Land names police chief," 18 June 2018 Netflix’s next big movie is a heist film starring Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac as former military operatives who take their training and use it to attempt a major robbery, where things, naturally, go awry. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: True Detective, Once Upon a Deadpool, Godzilla, and more," 15 Dec. 2018 Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting -- that's how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. Denisa Protani, baltimoresun.com, "Trip for two to New York City to Attend the Premiere of OCEANS 8 June 5th," 23 May 2018 That’s how long Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) has been devising the biggest heist of her life. Megan Friedman, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Latest Trailer for Ocean’s 8 Is Here and the Wait for This Movie Is Officially Unbearable," 12 Apr. 2018 At its best Solo is a mediocre heist film helped by being in a beloved franchise with 40 years of history. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "The 2018 Sci-Fi Film Guide," 28 Dec. 2017

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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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