\ 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 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 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 In that notorious heist, paintings worth $500 million were stolen, including works by Vermeer and Manet, three Rembrandt paintings, and five sketches by Degas — the most expensive loot haul of any crime in American history. Jim Geraghty, National Review, "The Last Trusted Prosecutor in Washington," 4 Nov. 2019 Some 50,000 apples — ripe for the taking — were stolen from an Indiana orchard in a juicy heist that’s baffled and disappointed the farm’s fledgling owners. Jessica Villagomez, chicagotribune.com, "Indiana orchard owners shocked after thieves steal 50,000 apples," 29 Sep. 2019 The Wild West came to Midtown on Sunday when at least three armed bandits — one of whom wore what witnesses described as a cowboy hat — bound workers in a massive jewelry-store heist, according to police. Fox News, "Employees tied up in ‘massive’ New York Diamond District heist," 26 Aug. 2019 Acquiring Rush, the 6-foot-5, 350-pound rookie out of Alabama-Birmingham, didn’t require a midair heist. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders hope they have a steal in undrafted rookie DT Anthony Rush," 21 Aug. 2019 Police in Montgomery County, Md., have arrested three suspects — ages 21, 17, and 15 — in connection with a brazen gun store break-in that now has been linked to a similar heist 24 hours earlier in neighboring Howard County, officials said Friday. Dan Morse, baltimoresun.com, "Maryland police make arrests in brazen gun shop burglaries that ended with one suspect fatally shot by officer," 16 June 2019 Lady M reported the cake heists to the police last December, and Mr. Lliviganay was arrested on charges related to some of the thefts in February, court records show. Michael Gold, New York Times, "Worker Stole $90,000 in ‘Lady M’ Cakes and Resold Them, Lawsuit Says," 9 Sep. 2019 To put that in perspective, the largest property heist in US history was the approximately $500 million robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. Kevin Hassett For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Former White House chief economist: The case for the Trump economy," 26 Aug. 2019 Surveillance photographs from both robberies show the man holding a cellphone to his ear during the heists. San Diego Union-Tribune, "FBI: La Mesa bank tellers robbed by suspect from College Area bank heist," 23 Aug. 2019

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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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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of heist was in 1865

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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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