1. a robbery or holdup: Four men were involved in the armored car heist.

verb (used with object)

  1. to take unlawfully, especially in a robbery or holdup; steal: to heist a million dollars’ worth of jewels.
  2. to rob or hold up.


  1. a robbery


  1. (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.

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