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Definition of "hoist" []

  • To raise or haul up with or as if with the help of a mechanical apparatus. See Synonyms at lift. (verb-transitive)
  • To raise to one's mouth in order to drink: hoist a few beers. (verb-transitive)
  • To become raised or lifted. (verb-intransitive)
  • An apparatus for lifting heavy or cumbersome objects. (noun)
  • The act of hoisting; a lift. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hoist" in a sentence
  • "The phrase "hoist on their own petard" springs to mind."
  • "On top there was the firemen, and what we called the hoist engineer (he run the bucket, the scooping bucket up and down, you know, in the mine), and a blacksmith, and a blacksmith's helper."
  • "I had the chance to talk with one combat flight medic who specializes in something known as hoist maneuvers, basically being dangled from a helicopter and dropped into tough areas to rescue the injured."