- 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.
- a robbery
- (tr) to steal or burgle
1927 (in heister “shoplifter, thief”), American English slang, probably a dialectal alteration of hoist “lift,” in sense of “shoplift,” also in older British slang “to lift another on one’s shoulders to help him break in.” As a noun, from 1936.