Definition of hoist noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//hɔɪst//
; NAmE NAmE//hɔɪst//
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a piece of equipment used for lifting heavy things, or for lifting people who cannot stand or walk Word Originlate 15th cent.: alteration of dialect hoise, probably from Dutch hijsen or Low German hiesen, but recorded earlier.
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