- a robbery or holdup: Four men were involved in the armored car heist.
- 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
Related Words for heistcaper, larceny, break-in, theft, holdup, stickup, pilferage, sting, rip-off, crime
Examples from the Web for heist
Contemporary Examples of heist
Two gunmen pulled off a daylight heist in the Diamond District and evaded every single cop.How to Get Away With Stealing $2 Million in Jewelry in the Heart of New York
November 13, 2014
The game ended with a Portuguese heist, but it began with an American gift.Team USA 2, Portugal 2: Seconds Away From World Cup Glory
June 23, 2014
Asphalt Jungle is sometimes considered the first heist movie, but for me it all starts with Rififi.
Here are a few books that sketch out the myths and realities of how to pull a heist.
Two writers find themselves in the unlikely role of protagonists in a heist thriller.This Week’s Hot Reads: Sept. 17, 2013
September 16, 2013
- a robbery
- (tr) to steal or burgle
Word Origin for heist
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.