poach

poach
poach [ poutʃ ] verb
1. ) transitive to cook something in water, milk, or another liquid that is boiling gently:
Poach the chicken in white wine for 15 minutes.
a ) to cook an egg without its shell in water that is boiling gently
2. ) intransitive or transitive to illegally catch or kill an animal, bird, or fish on someone else's property:
The two men were caught poaching lions on government land.
3. ) transitive to persuade someone to leave a group or organization and become a member of yours, especially by using secret or dishonest methods:
Canada has accused American baseball teams of trying to poach their best players.
a ) to persuade someone to stop buying products or services from a company and start buying them from your company instead, especially by using secret or dishonest methods
b ) to take something such as an idea that belongs to someone else, especially by using secret or dishonest methods, and use it for your own benefit
poach on someone's territory
to do something that you do not have the right to do, since someone else is in charge of doing it

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  • poach — [pəʊtʆ ǁ poʊtʆ] verb [intransitive, transitive] 1. HUMAN RESOURCES to persuade someone to leave an organization and come and work for you: • Wall Street firms have always poached each other s star brokers. poach from • We prefer not to poach from …   Financial and business terms

  • poach — [pəutʃ US poutʃ] v ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(cook)¦ 2¦(animals)¦ 3¦(people)¦ 4¦(steal ideas)¦ 5 poach on somebody s territory/preserve ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [Sense: 1; Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: pochier, from poche bag, pocket ] [Sense: 2 5; Date: 1600 1700; …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • poach — Ⅰ. poach [1] ► VERB ▪ cook by simmering in a small amount of liquid. ORIGIN Old French pochier (earlier in the sense enclose in a bag ), from poche bag, pocket . Ⅱ. poach [2] ► VERB 1) illegally take (ga …   English terms dictionary

  • Poach — Poach, v. t. [Cf. OF. pocher to thrust or dig out with the fingers, to bruise (the eyes), F. pouce thumb, L. pollex, and also E. poach to cook eggs, to plunder, and poke to thrust against.] 1. To stab; to pierce; to spear, as fish. [Obs.] Carew.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poach — Poach, v. i. To become soft or muddy. [1913 Webster] Chalky and clay lands . . . chap in summer, and poach in winter. Mortimer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poach — (p[=o]ch), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Poached} (p[=o]cht); p. pr. & vb. n. {Poaching}.] [F. pocher to place in a pocket, to poach eggs (the yolk of the egg being as it were pouched in the white), from poche pocket, pouch. See {Pouch}, v. & n.] 1. To… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Poach — Poach, v. i. To steal or pocket game, or to carry it away privately, as in a bag; to kill or destroy game contrary to law, especially by night; to hunt or fish unlawfully; as, to poach for rabbits or for salmon. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poach — poach·wood; poach; poach·er; …   English syllables

  • poach|er — poach|er1 «POH chuhr», noun. a person who poaches or trespasses, especially to hunt or fish illegally. ╂[< poach1 + er1] poach|er2 «POH chuhr», noun. a vessel or pan for poaching, as eggs or fish. ╂[< poach2 + er1] …   Useful english dictionary

  • poach — I verb appropriate, carry off, filch, furtim feras intercipere, make off with, misappropriate, peculate, pilfer, pirate, plunder by stealth, purloin, rifle, run off with, snatch, steal, take by illegal methods, take by unfair methods, take… …   Law dictionary

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