hoist

hoist
hoist (v.) 1540s, "to raise," earlier hoise (c.1500), probably originally past tense of M.E. hysse (late 15c.), which is probably from M.Du. hyssen (Du. hijsen) "to hoist," related to Low Ger. hissen and O.N. hissa upp "raise." A nautical word found in most European languages (e.g. Fr. hisser, It. issare, Sp. izar), but it is uncertain which had it first. Related: Hoisted; hoisting. In phrase hoist with one's own PETARD (Cf. petard), it is the past participle.
For 'tis the sport, to have the engineer
Hoist with his own petar: and it shall go hard
But I will delve one yard below their mines,
And blow them at the moon: O 'tis most sweet,
When in one line two crafts directly meet.
["Hamlet," Act III, Scene iv]
Meaning "to lift and remove" was prevalent c.1550-1750. As a noun, 1650s, from the verb.

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