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  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 heisting

pilfer, filch, misappropriate, embezzle, bereave, raid, cheat, lose, plunder, mug, defraud, strip, divest, loot, hijack, ransack, kidnap, swipe, remove, keep

British Dictionary definitions for heisting


  1. a robbery
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  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 heisting



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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