heist

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  • noun (to commit) a robbery or hold-up. The word, redolent of American gangsterdom, dates from the first two decades of the 20th century. It is probably a variant form of hoist which, like ‘lift’, is a 200-year-old euphemism for steal, influenced by German and Yiddish speakers who would know the verb as heisst. Heist in its current usage usually suggests a carefully staged major robbery or criminal operation.
  • verb (to commit) a robbery or hold-up. The word, redolent of American gangsterdom, dates from the first two decades of the 20th century. It is probably a variant form of hoist which, like ‘lift’, is a 200-year-old euphemism for steal, influenced by German and Yiddish speakers who would know the verb as heisst. Heist in its current usage usually suggests a carefully staged major robbery or criminal operation.
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