Definition of heist in US English:



  • A robbery.

    ‘a diamond heist’
    • ‘First, they have to launder all that drug money - poor babies - and now they're getting ripped off by a vicious gang of robbers who don't even use guns to pull their heists.’
    • ‘However, it was found that victims of farm attacks ran a far greater risk of being killed than victims of cash-in-transit heists or than victims of house robberies in urban areas.’
    • ‘Collectively the three escapees faced three charges of murder, 16 counts of attempted murder and seven armed robbery charges relating to cash-in-transit heists across the province.’
    • ‘Back in 1963, when the Great Train Robbery occurred, it was considered the heist of the century.’
    • ‘This is the story of two bank robbers who end up fighting over the love of a woman they kidnapped before a heist.’
    • ‘The panel suggested a radical re-think of sentencing for all types of robbery, ranging from street muggings to professionally-organised heists.’
    • ‘A highly skilled thief is blackmailed into pulling a diamond heist when his daughter is kidnapped by an international terrorist.’
    • ‘The first two were charged with robbery, and Wang, the woman, was charged with selling diamonds taken in the heist.’
    • ‘She listened over Tracy's muffled cries to the sounds of the robbers going over their plans for the next heist.’
    • ‘Along with his gang of loyal criminals, he commits daring daylight robberies and elaborate heists that anger the police while stirring the public's imagination.’
    • ‘After all, these treasures are literally priceless, and the dome has a bit of a bad track record when it comes to guarding treasure - remember the diamond heist?’
    • ‘The heist began with the robbers deliberately setting off the alarm system and retreating into bushes.’
    • ‘The private security companies did not have the capacity to adequately protect airports, particularly from syndicates targeting drugs, car thefts and cargo heists.’
    • ‘Sure, the men behind the robbery looked pretty clever in the immediate aftermath of the heist.’
    • ‘They were really professional bank robbers and the great thing about the heist was that it was carried out without any undue harassment or harm to anyone.’
    • ‘I can tell you it is more than a diamond heist flick - it is a complex, tense and funny story presented in a very interesting way.’
    • ‘Suspicions have therefore been raised that both heists were ‘inside jobs’ in which raiders using meticulous planning gained jobs with on-site companies.’
    • ‘So, despite this week's raid, heists will always be rare, with most real criminals dealing in the nastier side of law-breaking: petty theft, often involving violence, and drugs.’
    • ‘The work is filled with mentions of murders, drug heists and beatings, but the focus ultimately - and affectingly - rests on the more quotidian dramas.’
    • ‘Bank robberies, cash-in-transit heists, petty crime and road accidents are all declining in the City of Johannesburg.’
    burglary, theft, thievery, stealing, breaking and entering, housebreaking, larceny, shoplifting, pilfering, filching, embezzlement, misappropriation, swindling, fraud
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[with object]North American
  • Steal.

    ‘he heisted a Pontiac’
    • ‘USA Today essentially heisted a big chunk of the Journal's travel-related ad revenue between 1986 and 1996, Fortune reports.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When thieves heisted a car rented to cricket-star Brian Lara and the perpetrators discovered his bat in the vehicle, they returned it.’
    • ‘The sushi bar appears to be encased in red lacquer, and the tall, curving chairs lining it look like they've been heisted from The Jetsons.’
    • ‘After heisting a gray Honda Wave motorcycle, he drove it straight into a police checkpoint.’
    • ‘I always wore two thin silver chains down my left side so no one would heist my wallet.’
    • ‘What follows is their descent into a world where ice cream vans are heisted and best friends shoot each other with airguns.’
    • ‘But should you worry that your credit-card information might be heisted as it travels through cyberspace?’
    • ‘Your article, however, showed up the spin-obsessed leadership in all the big parties in heisting this fortune from tax payers and keeping it quiet for so long.’
    • ‘A couple of the new ones took a while to get used to, but essentially the new set was the same as the ones that were heisted.’
    • ‘Immediately after that, a new plaque was unveiled at the school and a flag bearing the original village name was heisted outside the school.’
    purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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Mid 19th century (originally US): representing a local pronunciation of hoist.