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Probably pronunciation variation of hoist.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhaɪst/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪst


heist (countable and uncountable, plural heists)

  1. A robbery or burglary, especially from an institution such as a bank or museum.
    • 2014 August 21, “A brazen heist in Paris [print version: International New York Times, 22 August 2014, p. 8]”, in The New York Times[1]:
      The audacious hijacking in Paris of a van carrying the baggage of a Saudi prince to his private jet is obviously an embarrassment to the French capital, whose ultra-high-end boutiques have suffered a spate of heists in recent months.
  2. (uncountable) A fiction genre in which a heist is central to the plot.
    • 2002, Theatre Record, page 1177:
      It is a conventional heist play in which the drama is created less through the characters' actions than through the fact of one of them having a gun.
    • 2008 March 6, Robert Wilonsky, "Fast and Loose", Riverfront Times volume 32 number 10, page 28,
      The Bank Job is also the first proper Jason Statham movie since his days banging about in Guy Ritchie's early heists.
    • 2014, Daryl Lee, The Heist Film: Stealing With Style, page 69:
      The crew resemble typical heist characters[.]



heist (third-person singular simple present heists, present participle heisting, simple past and past participle heisted)

  1. (transitive) To steal, rob, or hold up (something).

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  1. past participle of heise