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Definition of hoist verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



hoist something (+ adv./prep.)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hoist
he / she / it hoists
past simple hoisted
-ing form hoisting
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  • to raise or pull something up to a higher position, often using ropes or special equipment He hoisted himself onto a high stool. to hoist a flag/sail The cargo was hoisted aboard by crane.
  • Idioms
    be hoist/hoisted by/with your own petard
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    to be hurt or to have problems as a result of your own plans to hurt or trick others
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: hoist

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