- 1Raise (something) by means of ropes and pulleys: a white flag was hoistedMore example sentences
- When conditions finally permitted, it was all hands on deck as we formed teams heaving on a forest of ropes to hoist the huge sails.
- Jeffers apprenticed himself to the home's contractors, then built Hawk Tower by hand, using ropes to hoist boulders from the cove below.
- The disused temporary school building has already been brought from Bridlington to York, and leaders are preparing to bring in engineers and a crane to hoist the four-part structure into place.
- 1.1 [with object and adverbial] Raise or haul up: she hoisted her backpack on to her shoulderMore example sentences
- At the shrine he was hoisted onto a kneeler, where he prayed before the ivy-covered grotto.
- It was about four feet high, the perfect height for small people to hoist themselves onto.
- He pulled himself up next to her, hoisting her onto his lap.
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- 1An act of raising or lifting something.More example sentences
- Instead, Dick persuaded Fritz to sail to the next platform and ask the crane driver to give them a hoist into the water.
- Just as you get your side beautifully fixed, he gives it a hoist from his end, and spoils it all.
- 1.1An apparatus for lifting or raising something: mechanical lifts or hoists for firefighting purposesMore example sentences
- There was one woman, also in a wheelchair, who instead of getting out at the bottom of the stairs and walking up, insisted on a mechanical hoist to lift her, chair and all, up to the plane's door.
- Now the council has stepped in to try and make some of them safe by using a hoist to lift the stones and bedding them in concrete two feet deep.
- I then felt a series of bumps, which I later learned was just the rescue hoist jerking.
- 1.2An act of increasing something: an interest rate hoistMore example sentences
- The biggest hoist of all, though, was the one his own career enjoyed.
- But the reason I endured my spell in that job was in order to get my first hoist up the career ladder.
- 2The part of a flag nearest the staff.More example sentences
- Visibility was always the main drawback to this medium, accentuated when steam propulsion permitted ships to ignore wind direction so that flag hoists might be end-on to those supposed to read them.
- As though to help answer his query a breeze took the flag and Armand was surprised to see it was the Canadian coat-of-arms with union jack at the hoist, the flag of that country at the time.
- The Union Flag occupies the upper, hoist quarter of an otherwise red flag and the Arms are within the red field.
- 3A group of flags raised as a signal.More example sentences
- In addition, flag hoists and flashing light signals were sent to try and get the ship to halt.
- On Stuart's flag deck a member of the ship's company prepares a hoist.
hoist one's flag
- (Of an admiral) take up command.More example sentences
- In 1814 he briefly hoisted his flag at sea, commanding the naval escort for Louis XVIII's return to France from his English exile.
- Before their plans could come to fruition, though, they had a serious falling out, and on 2nd September 1966 he and his family took control of the tower on their own and hoisted their flag.
hoist the flag
- Stake one’s claim to discovered territory by displaying a flag.More example sentences
- Iwo gave us the uplifting vision of the Marines hoisting the flag on enemy soil.
hoist with one's own petard
- see petard.
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- Although many other materials and designs have been used to make these hoisters, nothing beats the elegance of the original.
- Aside from the superb quality of the hoister itself, the heart of the rig beats in the uniquely designed paddle.
late 15th century: alteration of dialect hoise, probably from Dutch hijsen or Low German hiesen, but recorded earlier.