[hahyst] Slang.
a robbery or holdup: Four men were involved in the armored car heist.
verb (used with object)
to take unlawfully, especially in a robbery or holdup; steal: to heist a million dollars' worth of jewels.
to rob or hold up.

1925–30, Americanism; alteration of hoist

heister, noun
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heist (haɪst)
1.  a robbery
2.  (tr) to steal or burgle
[variant of hoist]

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Word Origin & History

1927 (in heister "shoplifter, thief"), Amer.Eng. slang, probably dialectal alt. of hoist "lift," in sense of "shoplift," also in older British slang "to lift another on one's shoulders to help him break in."
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Slang Dictionary

heist definition

  1. n.
    a theft; a robbery. (Underworld. See also lift.) : Lefty just had to pull one last heist.
  2. tv.
    to steal something; to rob a person or place; to lift something. (Underworld.) : The thugs heisted her and took her purse and watch.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
In the same way, economic inequality is not in question when an armed robber kills a bank guard in an attempted heist.
But doubts remain over whether the case is connected to the information heist.
He is currently working on a book about the world's largest unsolved art heist.
The breakfast before the heist in reservoir dogs is another example.
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