\ 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 And two, how does one go about heisting the world’s largest land animal? Paul Kvinta, Outside Online, "I Bought an Elephant to Find Out How to Save Them," 12 Nov. 2019 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 Rundown: Acquired by the Nuggets in a heist of a July 2009 trade with Detroit (the Pistons received a second-round pick), there was little flashy about Afflalo. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Nuggets All-Decade Team: Denver’s best players from 2010 through 2019," 28 Dec. 2019 Eric Colbert pleaded guilty to lesser charges of second-degree murder and robbery, for his role in the fatal heist at the Liquor Market, on South Congress Avenue in Boynton Beach. Chuck Weber, sun-sentinel.com, "Man gets 40 years in robbery and murder of liquor store owner," 10 Dec. 2019 Case in point is this much-ballyhooed heist thriller, based on a true story, about four young men who attempt to emulate their movie heroes by disguising themselves as old men and pulling off an audacious theft. Cary Darling, Houston Chronicle, "New movies: ‘Incredibles’ ‘Superfly’ return and ‘Tag’ for adults," 13 June 2018 Burglars swiped more than $1 million worth of jewelry from a mansion outside of London during a brazen heist carried out while the homeowner was inside with her children, police in Britain revealed Tuesday. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Brazen burglars steal $1M in jewelry from mansion while family was inside, British police say," 19 Nov. 2019 As fascinating as the heist is, Germans are devastated. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for November 26: Impeachment, storms, 2020 Dems, mergers, Germany," 26 Nov. 2019 Their indebted widows must now join forces to pull off their own heist and forge a future for themselves. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 The mortgage heist was dubious on the merits, whacking private banks for the blunders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac . The Editorial Board, WSJ, "California’s Mortgage Fraud," 15 July 2018 The first season of The Sneak tells the story of Anthony Curcio, aka D.B. Tuber, a college football star who committed an outlandish armored car heist in 2008. Nate Scott, For The Win, "Introducing The Sneak, a new true crime podcast from For The Win and USA TODAY Sports," 13 Nov. 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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The first known use of heist was in 1865

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28 Nov 2019

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“Heist.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heisting. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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