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heist

[hahyst]Slang.
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noun
  1. a robbery or holdup: Four men were involved in the armored car heist.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to take unlawfully, especially in a robbery or holdup; steal: to heist a million dollars' worth of jewels.
  2. to rob or hold up.
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Origin of heist

1925–30, Americanism; alteration of hoist
Related formsheist·er, noun
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Related Words for heister

burglar, sniper, pickpocket, bandit, crook, swindler, criminal, pirate, robber, mugger, prowler, clip, cheat, hijacker, punk, plunderer, kleptomaniac, pilferer, larcenist, stealer

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British Dictionary definitions for heister

heist

noun
  1. a robbery
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verb
  1. (tr) to steal or burgle
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Derived Formsheister, noun

Word Origin for heist

variant of hoist
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Word Origin and History for heister

heist

v.

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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