\ˈhīst \
heisted; heisting; heists

Definition of heist 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 chiefly dialectal : hoist

2a : to commit armed robbery on

b : steal sense 1a



Definition of heist (Entry 2 of 2)

: armed robbery : holdup also : theft

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Examples of heist in a Sentence


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


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

As the popularity of virtual currencies has grown, hackers are focusing on a new type of heist: putting malicious software on peoples’ handsets, TVs and smart fridges that makes them mine for digital money. Robert Stevens, chicagotribune.com, "How your smart fridge and TV might be mining bitcoin for criminals," 4 July 2018 Surveillance images from the Tannersville, Pennsylvania, attempted bank heist. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Two women dressed as nuns. Their real habit was armed bank robbery, N.J. prosecutors say," 22 June 2018 This bank heist operation has been called Carbanak or Cobalt (after a tool called Cobalt Strike), or some variation; FIN7 is sometimes called by these names as well. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, "The Billion-Dollar Hacking Group Behind a String of Big Breaches," 4 Apr. 2018 The streaming giant has signed producer-writer Álex Pina, creator of the platform’s Spanish-language heist series La Casa de Papel (Money Heist), to an exclusive pact. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Netflix Inks Overall Deal With ‘Money Heist’ Creator," 12 July 2018 The Mercedes was registered to McCallop’s girlfriend, who was shown surveillance images of the suspect from the Somerville robbery and a different Boston heist, records show. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston police arrest suspect in 24 armed robberies," 6 July 2018 Upon deplaning, a K9 named Boston soon discovered Ayala’s heist, WSPA notes. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Man jailed for smuggling 60 pounds of marijuana into Nashville airport," 6 July 2018 Privacy - Terms Their first attempted heist, in August 2017, was a failure. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Two women dressed as nuns. Their real habit was armed bank robbery, N.J. prosecutors say," 22 June 2018 For more on cryptocurrencies, watch Fortune’s video: Enthusiasm for virtual currencies has waned this year partly due to a string of cyber heists, including the nearly $500 million theft from Japanese exchange Coincheck Inc. in late January. Fortune, "Cryptocurrencies Tumble After $32 Million South Korea Exchange Hack," 19 June 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of heist

: an act of stealing something from a bank or store

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