Definition of heist in English:

heist

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Pronunciation: /hʌɪst
 
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informal

noun

  • A robbery: a diamond heist
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    • 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.

verb

[with object] North American Back to top  
  • 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.

Origin

mid 19th century (originally US): representing a local pronunciation of hoist.

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