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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ His heists invariably end in shootouts, explosions and car chases.
▪ Police have no suspects and few clues in the art heist.
▪ Ryan Tate said the heist represents the seventh time the free paper has been stolen from news racks since November 1996.
▪ The heist itself is an old-fashioned staple: safety deposit boxes.
▪ The opening scenes of this fractious heist movie see him at his most acute.
▪ There wasn't a heist man or second-storey expert in the neighbourhood who wasn't first-names with Connors.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

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.


n. 1 A robbery or burglary, especially from an institution such as a bank or museum. 2 (context slang English) A heist film: a film whose plot centers around an attempted robbery. vb. (context transitive English) To steal, rob(,) or hold up (something).

  1. n. the act of stealing [syn: rip-off]

  2. robbery at gunpoint [syn: armed robbery, holdup, stickup]

  3. v. commit a burglary; enter and rob a dwelling [syn: burglarize, burglarise, burgle]


A heist is a robbery from an institution such as a bank or a museum, or any robbery in which there is a large haul of loot.

Heist (2001 film)

Heist is a 2001 crime film, written and directed by David Mamet, which stars Gene Hackman, Danny DeVito, and Delroy Lindo, (who previously collaborated with each other in Get Shorty) with Rebecca Pidgeon, Ricky Jay, and Sam Rockwell in supporting roles.

Heist (TV series)

Heist is an American television series that premiered March 22, 2006, on NBC, but was almost immediately canceled due to low ratings. The series was from acclaimed director Doug Liman and revolved around professional thief Mickey O' Neil ( Dougray Scott), who created a team of experts to try to pull off the biggest heist in history — to simultaneously rob three jewelry stores on Rodeo Drive during Academy Awards week. Meanwhile, Amy Sykes ( Michele Hicks), lead detective for LAPD’s Robbery Division, led the task force investigating a series of thefts committed by this new crew. Under high pressure from her superiors, she had to figure out not only who was behind the crimes, but also what larger job they were leading up to.

Heist (video game)

Heist (marketed as HEI$T) is a cancelled video game that was under development by inXile Entertainment and would have been published by Codemasters for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. The game was to be set in San Francisco, California, c. 1969, where players would have controlled a group of criminals as they performed various thefts.

Heist (2008 film)

Heist is a one-off 2008 television comedy-drama, written by Peter Harness and directed by Justin Hardy. It was completed at the end of 2006 and first broadcast on 23 April 2008 on BBC Four as part of its Medieval season. Loosely based on real events surrounding Richard of Pudlicott, it is a parody of and/or homage to heist films, set in medieval England, using several of that genre's conventions (such as the raid being "one last job", and the use of an unintelligent but physically strong figure), and trailed under the same tagline as the 2003 remake of The Italian Job ("Get in, get out, get even"). As per the medieval setting, the film dialogue contains several Middle English and pseudo-Middle English expressions and insults (some of which are translations of modern-English insults or rhyming slang - "mother-swyver" instead of " motherfucker", or "it's all gone a bit church gong" instead of "it's all gone a bit Pete Tong", for example). Marshall as lead character narrates several parts of the backstory to the audience during the film.

Heist (2002 video game)

Heist is an action video game which was released by Sold Out Software in the year 2002

Heist (2015 film)

Heist, originally titled Bus 657, is a 2015 American crime thriller film directed by Scott Mann and written by Stephen Cyrus Sepher and Max Adams, based on the original story by Sepher. The film stars Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, Morris Chestnut, Dave Bautista, Stephen Cyrus Sepher, Tyson Sullivan and Gina Carano. The plot of the film revolves around a casino heist by a sick daughter's father, who has to pay for her treatment.

The film was released on November 13, 2015, by Lionsgate Premiere.

Usage examples of "heist".

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum remains the largest art heist in the history of America, a brazen robbery undertaken in the dark of a Sunday night thirteen years before by a pair of men dressed in Boston police uniforms who knocked on the massive front doors of the stately old museum and said there had been a disturbance nearby.

Toby Harkins was himself involved in the actual heist and if he is currently aware of the whereabouts of the eleven paintings and two artifacts stolen from the museum by two bandits dressed as Boston police officers.

Toby Harkins, the estranged son of the Boston mayor, in the 13-year-old, unsolved art heist at the Gardner Museum.

He sits with me in private as the clock ticks toward midnight and provides me hitherto unknown details on the largest unsolved art heist in the history of the nation.

She certainly would have been too young to play any role in the initial heist, though she could be involved in some way in the return, or the negotiation over the possible ransom that Stephen Holden seemed to think was so inevitable.

And the Gardner heist is in the heart of his city, and now involves his fugitive son.

The question of the moment: Why was FBI Special Agent Tom Jankle leaking to me about the Gardner heist just as the mayor was thinking he might be caught aiding and abetting his own son?

Finally, there are key members of the FBI who are privately suggesting that you might in some way benefit from the heist, from the sale or ransom of the art.

Big Jack was so fond of, and end up confessing to the heist and losing half his property.

Who better to assist in gathering data regarding a heist than a former thief?

Listening to the narrative of the diamond heist, she grabbed a bottle of water, took a peach as an afterthought, then walked through the quiet, empty house and down to the gym.

He loved the planning and all the work, thought and detail that went into running a heist, but as he looked over at Pudge, primed and ready for action, he knew he was still years removed from pulling a gun and taking a life.

The Weasel had been left out of the loop, and the heist had succeeded, leaving him - rather than his son - as the wanted man.

The title was Child Heist, and the author was somebody named Richard Stark.

Murch was still grinning from ear to ear, and he had his paperback copy of Child Heist open in his hands.