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heisted; heisting; heists

transitive verb

chiefly dialectal : hoist
: to commit armed robbery on


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: armed robbery : holdup
also : theft

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
Nesbit scoffs at the proposal, citing the difficulties of heisting perhaps a metric tonne of nuclear material. IEEE Spectrum, 17 June 2024 Plus, the Wall Street Journal told us to save money by skipping breakfast, and a man in the UK heisted thousands of dollars worth of Cadbury Creme Eggs. Li Goldstein, Bon Appétit, 17 Feb. 2023
After foiling a heist at a Red Wings game in his hometown of Detroit Rock City — because who doesn’t love a good old-fashioned snow plow-vs.-ATVs car chase — Foley gets a phone call from his old pal Billy Rosewood (Judge Reinhold). David Fear, Rolling Stone, 3 July 2024 The actual escapades and daring heists are beautifully choreographed, but a lot of the mechanics—how a certain piece of legerdemain worked, when an impenetrable building was infiltrated—are left to the viewer's imagination. Matt Kamen, WIRED, 22 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for heist 

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Word History



variant of hoist entry 1

First Known Use


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1930, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heist was in 1865

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Cite this Entry

“Heist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heist. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: armed robbery
also : theft


from a dialect variant of hoist "an act of hoisting"

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