Definition of heist in US English:



  • A robbery.

    ‘a diamond heist’
    • ‘The panel suggested a radical re-think of sentencing for all types of robbery, ranging from street muggings to professionally-organised heists.’
    • ‘Back in 1963, when the Great Train Robbery occurred, it was considered the heist of the century.’
    • ‘The first two were charged with robbery, and Wang, the woman, was charged with selling diamonds taken in the heist.’
    • ‘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 heist began with the robbers deliberately setting off the alarm system and retreating into bushes.’
    • ‘This is the story of two bank robbers who end up fighting over the love of a woman they kidnapped before a heist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A highly skilled thief is blackmailed into pulling a diamond heist when his daughter is kidnapped by an international terrorist.’
    • ‘The private security companies did not have the capacity to adequately protect airports, particularly from syndicates targeting drugs, car thefts and cargo heists.’
    • ‘Bank robberies, cash-in-transit heists, petty crime and road accidents are all declining in the City of Johannesburg.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The work is filled with mentions of murders, drug heists and beatings, but the focus ultimately - and affectingly - rests on the more quotidian dramas.’
    • ‘Sure, the men behind the robbery looked pretty clever in the immediate aftermath of the heist.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She listened over Tracy's muffled cries to the sounds of the robbers going over their plans for the next heist.’
    • ‘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?’
    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’
    • ‘The brothers who own the house became part of the city's nouveau riche when they heisted a bank during the looting.’
    • ‘Immediately after that, a new plaque was unveiled at the school and a flag bearing the original village name was heisted outside the school.’
    • ‘When thieves heisted a car rented to cricket-star Brian Lara and the perpetrators discovered his bat in the vehicle, they returned it.’
    • ‘USA Today essentially heisted a big chunk of the Journal's travel-related ad revenue between 1986 and 1996, Fortune reports.’
    • ‘What follows is their descent into a world where ice cream vans are heisted and best friends shoot each other with airguns.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Disguises are assumed, safes are blown, millions of dollars are heisted according to a completely new and clever scheme, but this is pure escapism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But should you worry that your credit-card information might be heisted as it travels through cyberspace?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I always wore two thin silver chains down my left side so no one would heist my wallet.’
    • ‘After heisting a gray Honda Wave motorcycle, he drove it straight into a police checkpoint.’
    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.