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v. hoist·ed, hoist·ing, hoists
1. To raise or haul up, often with the help of a mechanical apparatus. See Synonyms at lift.
2. To raise to one's mouth in order to drink: hoist a few beers.
To become raised or lifted.
1. An apparatus for lifting heavy or cumbersome objects.
2. The act of hoisting; a lift.
a. The height or vertical dimension of a flag or of any square sail other than a course.
b. A group of flags raised together as a signal.
[Alteration of dialectal hoise, perhaps variant of Middle English hisse, heave!, possibly from Middle Dutch hissen, to haul.]
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