poach [pəutʃ US poutʃ] v
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; : Old French; Origin: pocher]
1.) ¦(COOK)¦ [T]
a) to cook an egg in or over gently boiling water, without its shell
poached eggs on toast
b) to gently cook food, especially fish, in a small amount of boiling water, milk etc
Poach the salmon in white wine and water.
2.) ¦(ANIMALS)¦ [I and T]
to illegally catch or shoot animals, birds, or fish, especially on private land without permission
Deer have been poached here for years.
3.) ¦(PEOPLE)¦ [T]
to persuade someone who belongs to another organization, team etc to leave it and join yours, especially in a secret or dishonest way
That company's always poaching our staff.
poach from
Several of their reporters were poached from other papers.
4.) ¦(STEAL IDEAS)¦ [T]
to take and use someone else's ideas unfairly or illegally
poach from
characters poached from Shakespeare
5.) poach on sb's territory/preserve
BrE to do something that is someone else's responsibility, especially when they do not want you to do it
>poaching n [U]
the poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks

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