\ 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: 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 The initial part of the chase — where Washington Protagonist and his partner, Neil, played by Robert Pattinson, heist an object from a moving truck — was rehearsed and filmed as a complete sequence. Emily Zemler, Los Angeles Times, "How Christopher Nolan pulled off the mind-blowing ‘Tenet’ car chase," 15 Dec. 2020 McGrady and Lakers executive Jerry West, who heisted Bryant from the Hornets during the 1996 NBA Draft, checked in via video. Chad Finn, BostonGlobe.com, "How did the media report Kobe Bryant’s death? With confusion and misinformation, to start," 28 Jan. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Netflix reported soon after its release that the French heist drama was projected to be watched by more than 70 million households its first 28 days on the platform. Dana Feldman, Forbes, "‘Lupin’ Part 2: The Quest For Revenge Will Continue In June," 12 May 2021 Acquiring a player from Miami who's blossomed into a two-time All-Pro in Pittsburgh may be GM Kevin Colbert's greatest personnel heist. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "21 NFL players in line for contract extensions in near future," 8 May 2021 This patent heist won’t end well for the U.S. or the world. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Biden’s Vaccine Patent Theft," 5 May 2021 The release date announcement arrived alongside a teaser trailer, which provided a look at the Leverage crew's next heist. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, "Leverage: Redemption Revival Series Unveils First Official Teaser and Premiere Details," 3 May 2021 So, Inej, Kaz, and Jesper stage a heist of the Royal Archives to make a copy of the Little Palace blueprints while the Conductor is tasked with making friends at the local bar in the hopes of finding someone that can get them to the Little Palace. Olivia Truffaut-wong, refinery29.com, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Shadow and Bone Season 1," 27 Apr. 2021 Hollywood has often mythologized its own past, and that’s especially true of this very entertaining and completely paper-thin heist film. Tim Grierson, Vulture, "Every Oscar Best Picture Winner, Ranked," 26 Apr. 2021 Tatum may have finally met his acting destiny, starring in a southern-set heist film involving NASCAR. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Channing Tatum’s 10 best movies ranked," 26 Apr. 2021 Nina then finds herself on the same boat as Kaz, Inej, and Jesper, which seems to be leading towards their big Ocean's 11 heist from Six of Crows. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Shadow and Bone team answer burning questions about the finale and season 2 potential," 23 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of heist


1865, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1930, in the meaning defined above

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variant of hoist entry 1

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“Heist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heist. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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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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