poach

poach
[[t]po͟ʊtʃ[/t]]
poaches, poaching, poached
1) VERB If someone poaches fish, animals, or birds, they illegally catch them on someone else's property.

[V n] Many national parks set up to provide a refuge for wildlife are regularly invaded by people poaching game. [Also V]

Derived words:
poacher plural N-COUNT

Security cameras have been installed to guard against poachers.

poaching N-UNCOUNT

The poaching of elephants for their tusks could start to decline soon.

2) VERB If an organization poaches members or customers from another organization, they secretly or dishonestly persuade them to join them or become their customers.

[V n] The company authorised its staff to poach customers and instigate dirty tricks against the opposition.

[V n from n] ...allegations that it had poached members from other unions.

Syn:
Derived words:
poaching N-UNCOUNT

The union was accused of poaching.

3) VERB If someone poaches an idea, they dishonestly or illegally use the idea.

[V n] The opposition parties have complained that the government has poached many of their ideas.

Syn:
4) VERB When you poach an egg, you cook it gently in boiling water without its shell.

[V n] Poach the eggs for 4 minutes...

[V-ed] He had a light breakfast of poached eggs and tea.

5) VERB If you poach food such as fish, you cook it gently in boiling water, milk, or other liquid.

[V n] Poach the chicken until just cooked.

[V-ed] ...a pear poached in red wine...

[V-ed] The main course was to be a whole poached salmon.

Derived words:
poaching N-UNCOUNT

You will need a pot of broth for poaching.


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  • 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 — [ 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… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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  • 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

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  • 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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