\ 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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun A million dollars in a shoe box and a piece of a painting might be clues to an art heist. New York Times, Star Tribune, "New York Times bestsellers," 13 Oct. 2020 The hops heist happened about 8 p.m. Sunday at Premium Beverage at 1511 First Ave. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "Opelika police seek intrepid beer thief," 4 Oct. 2020 The heist took months of planning and over 30 stakeouts and netted the gang $2.8 million worth of gold. Mario Ariza, sun-sentinel.com, "The El Jabao syndicate: A timeline of crimes," 3 Oct. 2020 Dunkins denied being at the dorm, but a student who lived next door told police that Dunkins had bragged about the heist. NBC News, "Police need warrant to obtain WiFi location data, privacy activists argue," 28 Sep. 2020 There’s no life in her life until the three of them, who could pass for a minicult, cross paths with Melanie (Gina Rodriguez), a zestful young woman who’s intrigued by a low-rent heist that the family has planned, and eager to be a part of it. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Kajillionaire’ Review: Lowbrow Larceny," 24 Sep. 2020 The suspect wore a mask throughout the duration of the heist, and his accomplices stuffed the bag with two marks 200 feet away from him. Matthew Defranks, Dallas News, "10 most impactful moments of Stars' postseason: Anton Khudobin, young upstarts lead Stanley Cup Final run," 16 Sep. 2020 The heist marks the second high-profile art theft in the Netherlands during the novel coronavirus pandemic. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "Thieves Steal 17th-Century Masterpiece for Third Time in 32 Years," 28 Aug. 2020 Setting aside the sick bag, for a moment, at least two questions arise: Will Trump and the Republicans succeed in this heist? John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "The Republicans Are Planning a Shameless Supreme Court Heist to Fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Seat," 19 Sep. 2020

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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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“Heist.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heist. Accessed 28 Oct. 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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