Definition of heist in English:

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Pronunciation: /hīst/


A robbery: a diamond heist
More example sentences
  • Bank robberies, cash-in-transit heists, petty crime and road accidents are all declining in the City of Johannesburg.
  • The heist began with the robbers deliberately setting off the alarm system and retreating into bushes.
  • A highly skilled thief is blackmailed into pulling a diamond heist when his daughter is kidnapped by an international terrorist.


[with object] North American
Steal: he heisted a Pontiac
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  • When thieves heisted a car rented to cricket-star Brian Lara and the perpetrators discovered his bat in the vehicle, they returned it.
  • The brothers who own the house became part of the city's nouveau riche when they heisted a bank during the looting.
  • Disguises are assumed, safes are blown, millions of dollars are heisted according to a completely new and clever scheme, but this is pure escapism.


Mid 19th century: representing a local pronunciation of hoist.

Words that rhyme with heist

Christ, underpriced, unsliced

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Syllabification: heist

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