[ hahyst ]
/ haɪst /


a robbery or holdup: Four men were involved in the armored car heist.

verb (used with object)

to take unlawfully, especially in a robbery or holdup; steal: to heist a million dollars' worth of jewels.
to rob or hold up.

Origin of heist

1925–30, Americanism; alteration of hoist
Related formsheist·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for heist


/ (haɪst) slang, mainly US and Canadian /


a robbery


(tr) to steal or burgle
Derived Formsheister, noun

Word Origin for heist

variant of hoist
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Word Origin and History for heist



1927 (in heister "shoplifter, thief"), American English slang, probably a dialectal alteration of hoist "lift," in sense of "shoplift," also in older British slang "to lift another on one's shoulders to help him break in." As a noun, from 1936.

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