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Probably pronunciation variation of hoist.


  • IPA(key): /haɪst/
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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. (countable, uncountable) A fiction genre in which a heist is central to the plot; a work in such a genre.
    • 2002, Theatre Record, volume 22, numbers 10-18, 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”, in 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