heist

When a man with a gun walks into a bank and says, "Give me all your money," that's a heist or a robbery at gunpoint.

Heist, pronounced "hīst," is a slang word for an armed robbery. It's also a slang word used to describe the act of stealing or breaking into someone's house to steal their stuff. In other words, it's a burglary. Heist can also act as a verb: "If you've heisted a diamond ring, you've stolen it."

Definitions of heist
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n the act of stealing

Synonyms:
rip-off
Type of:
robbery
larceny by threat of violence

n robbery at gunpoint

Synonyms:
armed robbery, holdup, stickup
Type of:
robbery
larceny by threat of violence

v commit a burglary; enter and rob a dwelling

Synonyms:
burglarise, burglarize, burgle
Type of:
steal
take without the owner's consent

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